The Greens in Palerang

Why are you standing and why should people vote for you?

(300 words for the Queanbeyan Age, August 20 edition)

We need to start doing politics differently, by focusing on issues, not personalities, taking the adversarial approach out of campaigning and decision-making, and talking about the vision we have for local communities and for Australia.

Many important issues have been forgotten or not adequately dealt with by the other major parties. Climate change needs our immediate attention. We don’t need a scheme that will only deliver a 5% cut to emissions and result in huge subsidies to big polluters. We do need a carbon tax on those big polluters, with the funds redirected to help low-income earners with increased power bills and installation of renewable energy systems. We could create thousands of jobs in renewable energy (wind, wave, solar and geothermal) and move to 100% renewables by 2050.

We could decrease our military expenditure (currently running at about $73 million per day), tax junk food advertising, and put more money into preventative health programs and under-funded areas of health care like mental health, aged care, Indigenous health and dental health. We could put less money into new roads and more into improving the public transport system. We could end the forest conflict now by getting out of native forest woodchipping and moving into plantations, and abandon the idea once and for all of burning native forests for so-called “green power”. We could recognise the value of marine parks for local economies and biodiversity.

We could show some compassion to refugees instead of treating them like criminals. We could remember our role on the international stage as leaders in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, acknowledging the rights of the child, etc.

The Greens’ policies are all based on care for people, care for the Earth, justice and peace. If you think, and you care, please vote 1 Green.

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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.

Green policies are based on the four green principles of: These principles are at the foundation of everything we do, from our local activities and the way we operate in our local group to our representation at the local government level.

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