Greens candidate doesn't want election “pork barrelling”
GREENS candidate for Richmond, Dawn Walker, has called for the likely July 2 election to be about "genuine democratic reform", and "not simply more pork barrelling" from the major parties.
"With the Senate having last night voted down the discredited Australian Building and Construction Commission legislation, a July 2 election is likely," Ms Walker said.
"But this election isn't about Malcolm Turnbull's anti-worker ABCC legislation.
"It will be fought and won on the issues that matter - global warming, our right to clean air and water and restoring our democracy.
"Nowhere is the broken nature of our democracy more obvious than with the threat of coal seam gas back on the agenda with the Draft North Coast Regional Plan and 7 years jail for anyone who resists this toxic industry.
"We want laws to end the influence of political donations and vested interests on political decision making, yet we still have no federal Independent Commission Against Corruption, despite the urgent and apparent need.
"We have Labor and the Nationals voting together in parliament to support a giant coal mine on the Liverpool Plains; 24/7 surveillance through the tracking of our internet metadata; jailing of refugees in inhumane offshore jails; and locally, silence on the Gold Coast Airport contamination.
"We need urgent action on climate change, yet the government is defunding the CSIRO, our world class scientific institution.
"We need some courage and vision in politics and the Greens stand prepared at this election to show the Australian nation that politics can be better than this.
"I'm going to keep speaking up for our region against vested interests and will work to bring decision making back to our community."