Jessica Openshaw

Candidate for Armadale

Hi, I’m Jessica Openshaw, your Greens candidate for Armadale this election.

As the daughter of a working-class family, I know how hard it has been for the parents of our community to put food on the table and pay the bills, all whilst ensuring the best opportunities for our children. We need to build a better future by creating quality, sustainable jobs and ending corporate influence over our politicians, and we need to invest in our communities through renewable energy, income support and affordable housing.

Our current government is choosing their corporate donors over the wellbeing of our communities, and I am involved in the Greens movement to change that.

We have lost so many jobs within the Armadale community due to COVID-19, a community whose businesses and individuals were already struggling before the pandemic. Not enough is being done by the government to help the low socioeconomic areas like Armadale. We have been forgotten in this crisis and more needs to be done to help rebuild our community.

Renters have been struggling so much during this pandemic, and when the eviction moratorium ends many people will be kicked out of their homes. With renters making up almost 40% of the Armadale community, we need more rental assistance and more affordable housing so that everyone in our community can have a safe, secure place to call home.

Last summer in Armadale we had many close calls with bushfires, and some of our beautiful hills in recent years have been burnt down. This year makes me even more terrified. Young people know that climate change is an issue that is affecting them, but the major parties politicians aren’t giving them any hope that the urgent changes we need will happen in time. Scientists have given us enough warnings about the current state of our climate and what we need to do to fix it. If Mark McGowan listened to climate scientists like he listened to the health professionals during the pandemic, imagine the impact our state could have. Our future isn’t safe. Our children’s futures aren’t safe. We need to act now before it’s too late.

I never thought I would be running for State Parliament. As a young woman from a working-class background there doesn’t seem to be much room for people like me within politics. The truth is we need a wider range of people to better represent Western Australia’s diverse population.

We have the resources and ability to tackle both the economic and environmental challenges we are currently facing, the current WA government is just choosing to side with their corporate donors instead. It is up to us as a community to change this.

We all have the power to change society for the better, each vote counts and shows the government where our interests lie. I am looking forward to meeting more of our community in the upcoming months, and I am so excited to be the Greens Candidate for Armadale.

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