Raelene Ellis

Candidate for Caloundra

 

Hi, I'm your local Greens Candidate for Caloundra, on the traditional lands of the Kubi Kubi.


I come from a working-class background. I studied Law at the University of Queensland, and I have worked as a lawyer advocating for people's rights since 2005

We moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2017 because we wanted to show our 5-year old that there's more to life than work, shop, sleep and battling traffic congestion. There's the beauty of living a simple life based on a lifestyle of healthy outdoor activities and living in harmony with our beautiful natural environment.

For many years I have been disillusioned with corrupt, dishonest, middle-aged rich, (mostly) men bringing our political institutions into disrepute via the misuse public funds and failing to address the urgent needs of its citizens – us. They have failed us on climate change, affordable housing, aged care, First Nations reconciliation, banking, the list goes on.

In a democracy, the role of an elected representative is to represent the people. I believe this is being lost in our corrupted system. We need to win back our democracy, one seat at a time! The Greens are at the forefront of this movement by refusing corporate donations and pushing for corporations to pay their fair share to repair our state.

We can change the direction of Queensland with our plans to phase out thermal coal and to avert a climate emergency. We can transition to 100% renewable and 100% publicly-owned electricity by ending privatisation

I'm keen to build a more effective criminal justice system and work for better care of our elderly. This stems from personal experience as I cared for my mother, who had dementia for many years. I gave evidence of that experience at the Royal Commission in Aged Care. 

We can build a better life for everyone, both vulnerable and not, with universal public ownership of essential services. We can create thousands of jobs in manufacturing, construction of public infrastructure and world-class public healthcare and education.  

The Greens bring something different to the political arena. Honesty, integrity and expenditure of public funds that benefit the people! People before GDP!

Will you join our movement for change?