Hi! I'm Victor, and like most people, I'm looking for hope.
Business as usual and politics as usual have let us all down. We shouldn't have to accept people sleeping rough on city streets, sub-standard public transport and the privatisation of our most vital services such health, education, electricity, water, aged care, and child care.
The COVID-19 crisis has revealed just how flawed our current system is and who it serves. It's incredible how quickly some things have changed, and clear it's been a lack of political will that was the problem all along. Let's not return to the way things were. Let's build something better.
Sadly, our major political parties are addicted to huge corporate donations. No wonder every Australian now props up the fossil fuel industry to the tune of A$1,832 a year. No wonder the wealthiest receive tax cuts while our education and healthcare systems are cut, and our community services are privatised. This must change.
Our family arrived in Australia after the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, when I was five. Our first home was a tiny flat in Greenslopes, and my first school was Buranda State Primary. My parents worked hard and encouraged me to study and explore.
I have a Bachelor of Science from UQ and a Master's degree in Australian Social Policy from Griffith University. I am a technology professional with extensive experience in leading teams and managing major projects and large budgets.
Outside of my professional life work, I have enjoyed playing in bands, DJing, keeping fit and travelling. I've had many great adventures from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to trekking the Inca Trail in Peru and touring Europe playing bass guitar in a punk rock band. I have also volunteered and raised funds for community organisations, including 4ZZZ FM radio, wildlife recovery and revegetation projects.
In 2017, I ran as a novice candidate in Greenslopes. Many first-time volunteers made that campaign a success. Together, we achieved a considerable swing with one in four people voting for us. As our solid results in the Council election show, Greenslopes is now a winnable seat for the Greens in 2020. Our movement is growing.
It's time to take back the power from the big corporations and put it back in the hands of the everyday Queenslanders. Because of my humble beginnings, I'll fight for everyone's right to an affordable home, free universal health and free education.
Let's build a future for everyone, not just the privileged few. Let's make Greenslopes Green!