Senator Mehreen Faruqi has launched the Greens campaign for the seat of Maroubra with candidate James Cruz. She has welcomed his call for action on electricity prices and affordable housing.
Senator Faruqi said, “Power prices are a massive issue for most Australians. All levels of government should be taking action to address the high prices like subsidising solar panels, allowing residents to trade electricity, and investing in solar farms.
“We have seen in Victoria and Queensland that investment in solar means new jobs as well as a drop in the use of coal.
“We know that electricity prices hit renters and those under housing stress the hardest. James Cruz knows better than most about what it’s like when governments only look after the big end of town. I am proud to stand alongside him as he calls for a better life for everyone in this beautiful part of Sydney,” Senator Faruqi said.
Mr Cruz said,
“I am proud of my Maroubra Housing Commission background—I have loved serving this community and my connection to this area.
“I will stand for a party that represents marginalised communities, those who need a voice, and the people suffering at the whims of a government controlled by moneyed interests.
“I will stand up for the issues that matter to people in Maroubra: the need for genuinely affordable housing, fully resourced public schools, and the need for more renewable energy to bring down the price of power,” Mr Cruz said.
Dr Mehreen Faruqi is the Greens Senator for NSW in the federal parliament. Her background is in engineering, both in local government and in academia. She has served five years in the NSW parliament as spokesperson on the environment, animal welfare, transport and the status of women. Her federal portfolios include higher education and housing.
James Cruz was raised and works in the Eastern Suburbs. He is a full-time Librarian, Union delegate, and has studied both at TAFE and university. James is concerned about issues such as overdevelopment, better public transport, affordable housing and improving pay and working conditions.