Local librarian James Cruz has been preselected by the Randwick-Botany Greens as their party’s candidate for the state seat of Maroubra in the March NSW state election.
The Randwick-Botany Greens have preselected local librarian James Cruz as The Greens 2015 candidate for the NSW state seat of Maroubra.
He is drawing attention to the growing lack of confidence in the two major parties following the spate of ICAC revelations. He stated this week,
“The current spectacle of premiers and MPs falling to the scrutiny of ICAC has given the Greens the opportunity to remind people why we won’t take corporate donations.”
Mr Cruz is calling for a feasibility study into the possibility of extending the approved CBD to South East Light Rail line to Maroubra Junction. He said,
“I want to say that we need the light rail and we need to assess the feasibility of extending it to Maroubra Junction. And that means a properly conducted feasibility study to avoid design mistakes such as the planned bus and rail interchange in Randwick’s High Cross Park.”
The Greens election campaign will highlight the threats to local land uses. Mr Cruz said,
“From the Malabar headland to the Botany Industrial Park and down to the La Perouse Chinese Market gardens our precious local land is under threat from contamination, development and inappropriate uses. Community power can overcome these things but we need to be organised and vigilant.”
Another major Greens issue is education and housing. James said,
“Education and housing are fundamental to a healthy society but our public education institutions are continually underfunded, and TAFE has lost twenty five percent of its funding in the past ten years. Public housing too is at threat. We should see the Miller’s Point closed auctions as just the beginning of this government’s plan to sell off scarce and valuable public housing to a wealthy few.”
James is backing the Greens’ view that women’s rights need to be defended. Specifically, he explained,
“We want all funding restored to and the autonomy of women’s refuges respected so they can continue their crucial task; protecting women at risk. Abortion, too, should be removed from the crimes act entirely. There’s no crime in a woman exercising control over and making medical decisions for her own body. The crime is in restricting that right.”