Candidate for Lyons
Tasmania's future can and should be a clean, green future. Others might say this, but I understand it and I mean it.
I am standing for parliament because I want to protect what makes Tasmania great. The ocean and the forests, our historic towns and our beautiful landscapes. We live in a wonderful place. Our natural environment is our natural advantage. But it's being taken for granted and exploited in search of a quick buck. We risk killing the goose that laid the golden egg.
If elected, I will fight hard to ensure that this state is run for the many, not the few. Too often the major parties dance to the tune of big money and their mates. This is holding us back. This is at the root of the economic disadvantage that is a blight on Tasmania. And it perpetuates an indifference towards our natural beauty and cultural heritage, which is of more value we can ever put a price on, and that we are merely the custodians of.
We can do better and we deserve better.
If elected, I will focus on:
- Putting a moratorium on any new or expanded fish farms
- Get pokies out of pubs and clubs
- Ensuring that communities have a real say in land-use planning
- Making sure we take real action on climate change in all government decisions
- Standing up to corrupt politics
I have been a member of the Greens for twenty years. I became a member when Bob Brown joined myself and hundreds of others in protesting against the illegal logging of the old-growth forest in Goolengook, East Gippsland. When I saw Bob prepared to stand with us I thought 'that's the party I want to be a part of'.
I have since had a career working as a policy officer working in government, non-government and the private sector. I has remained active in the environment movement. I was one of the first Greens elected to public office in Victoria, being elected to Moreland City Council in 2002 and Melbourne City Council in 2004. I am currently on leave without pay from my job as an advisor to Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.