The Greens in Palerang
 

Standing up for what matters - contribution for August Snowy River Echo

Our comprehensive election platform “Standing up for what matters” has been fully costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office and makes The Greens the obvious choice for all who want to see a change of focus in politics. If implemented, it would ensure a healthy, just and sustainable future for the people of Eden-Monaro.

Simple measures like a 0.2% levy on bank assets above $100 billion, the abolition of fossil fuel subsidies, an effective mining tax and 50% tax on all incomes in excess of $1,000,000 would raise $42.7 billion.

There is an urgent need to act on climate change. If we don’t, there is every likelihood we will see an end to snow this century, and farming will be even more difficult than it is now. The Greens want a swift transition to renewable energy, for which there is huge potential here, and which would create thousands of jobs. Imagine if Eden-Monaro became home to Australia’s first solar thermal energy plant!

Farmers are essential to our country’s future prosperity and a sustainable economy. We propose actions to strengthen the viability of farming and farming communities, and increase support for small business and local employment in general.

Legislation requires the NSW Government to appoint a scientific committee to ensure an independent voice to determine the timing of flows to the Snowy River, but the process has been undermined at every turn. The Greens have worked consistently for the health of the Snowy and Montane Rivers and will continue to campaign to keep Snowy Hydro in public hands.

Denticare, the Greens initiative which will give all children access to free dental care, could be expanded through our revenue-raising proposals. Our plans to address poverty, homelessness and housing affordability include a $50/week increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance and an extra $40 for single parents, and more flexible work hours.

The Jindabyne Super Clinic looks closer but is still not a reality. There is a growing number of older people living in Eden-Monaro, often in regional centres where medical and aged care facilities are lacking or non-existent. With improved funding for medical services and world-class aged care facilities, many of our older residents would be guaranteed access to the care that they deserve.

We maintain our support for a publicly-owned National Broadband Network, want to reinstate lost funding to TAFE and tertiary education and boost regional arts through the restoration (to its peak) and expansion of the Regional Arts Fund.

Large chunks of our natural environment are under threat from state governments and mining companies. We have acted to strengthen national environmental laws to include protection of National Parks at the national level.

Our policies focus on creating a more caring, just, and compassionate society that encourages and empowers people to fully participate in democratic processes. Our stance on maintaining a humanitarian approach to refugees accords with many Australians, including various refugee advocacy groups and law academics and Malcolm Fraser.

Eden-Monaro needs its Greens – Catherine Moore in the House of Reps and Cate Faehrmann in the Senate!

“Standing up for what matters” can be viewed online via here.

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Welcome to the website for the Greens in Palerang, who comprise the Braidwood Greens and some members of the Queanbeyan-Monaro Greens local groups. These groups run joint campaigns in the state seat of Monaro, and together with the Eurobodalla and Bega Greens groups, in the federal seat of Eden-Monaro.

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