The Greens in Kingsford Smith have welcomed the announcement of the September 7th federal election.
Candidate James Macdonald said the Greens are offering a unique alternative to the “increasingly synchronized” policies of the major parties. He said on the weekend,
“The Greens have a positive and constructive vision for the nation, and we’re eager to put that to the Australian people. We stand for a sustainable and fair economy, for sanity in our refugee policy, and for fully-funded universities open to all Australians.”
“I believe that Australians are sick of the race to the bottom seen by the major parties. Whether it’s the savage cuts to sole-parent welfare or the unhinged calls to militarize the borders, there is a deeply concerning shift to appeal to the worst in human nature. I believe Australians will reject this negativity when it matters most.”
Mr Macdonald drew specific attention to his party’s calls for:
- A national report card for development targets and building standards to promote Australia’s progress towards its ecological sustainability goals;
- Planned investment to upgrade rail corridors between major cities and regional centres including east coast high speed rail;
- Industrial tribunals with full powers to make orders to give effect to gender pay equity;
- Nationally consistent industrial manslaughter laws and a minimum standard for pay, annual leave and hours of work;
- Reform in childcare to ensure improved affordability of childcare for low and middle income families, including parents and carers who are studying;
- A strategic plan for sustainable agriculture to deliver adequate, safe and nutritious food;
- Re-establishment of the federal Office for the Status of Women, including its position as part of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet;
- Urban developments to be environmentally sound, close to employment and public transport, and which should facilitate community interaction; and
- Signing and ratifying the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage 2003.