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Greens: a danger to major parties

Posted on: 3 August 2010

Published The Chronicle, Canberra, 3 August, 2010 

This is the second of four columns I mentioned last week about new candidates prepared to offer themselves on the altar of politics in the hope of governing on our behalf.

Part 1. Lin Hatfield Dodds Greens:  Candidate for Senate seat in Canberra. A mother of two boys, Lin’s name will be familiar to many in Canberra because of her work on social issues and delivery of social services. It should come as no surprise that these are issues of major importance in her election campaign. 

Pensions are high on her list. She says that but for the Greens the last upward movement in pension rates would not have occurred and if elected, she will continue to work to better them. At the same time she will keep campaigning to right what the Greens see as wrongs in the social justice field.

With her colleagues she will keep campaigning that sense be applied to water and climate change policies. She will also seek to promote better transport systems and accelerate the introduction of alternative clean energy sources, wind power, solar power et al. A strong conservationist, she also wants sustainability to become ingrained as a state of mind, convinced that sustainability built into life today will ensure the world of the future will continue to get better for her own and all other children.

Sue Ellerman – Greens: Candidate for Canberra – House of Representatives.  As I spoke to Sue, it became clear during our conversation that her commitment to Green politics was as strong as that of those Green politicians who had jumped what had long been a difficult barrier: being elected to parliament.

It also became clear, that for this mother of three sons, an issue of particular interest was affordable housing. Not cheap housing but well designed housing but not necessarily what is seen as ‘traditional’ that also was energy saving. Her long interest in affordable housing was further fuelled by her experience as a Community Counsellor where she experienced people suffering from of mortgage stress, a condition she also encountered among voters she had met while on the campaign trail.

As a former small business operator, she also wanted programmes that would help small business, one of Australia’s largest employer groups, to grow and prosper, consistent with good conservation, sustainable energy and environmental practices.

Indra Esguerra – Greens: Candidate for Fraser –House of Representatives. Long time Canberra resident and also a partner in a small retail business, Indra thinks current representation and governance is poor and that as much for her as every other Canberran, if Canberra is to continue as a growing, prosperous city and if residents are to continue enjoying a healthy and prosperous life style, the former good governance and good planning it enjoyed must be restored.

Another two issues which area also high on Indra’s list of priorities are combating climate change and ensuring sustainability, things she says will come about not only by immediately expanding the use of clean energy resources such as solar power and wind turbines but also by the introduction of better transport systems. In her view the speedy Implementation of such policies would result in reducing humanity’s carbon footprint on planet earth.  And importantly, as the mother of two growing boys, she says she wants to create green jobs for them and for the thousands of other children still to be born in Canberra and elsewhere in Australia.

She is confident that this election will prove to be a political watershed for the Greens. That no longer will it be seen as a hippy party but as a serious political party able to affect Government policies, such as Australia’s disastrous refugee policy

Part 2. Opinion. Whether or not the ideas of these candidates carry enough appeal for you to decide you want them as your parliamentary representatives is a matter for you to decide: I offer no opinion. Remember: if elected they will determine Australia’s future and yours. So before making your choice consider carefully the ideas of every other candidate without reference to gender, religion or any other ism.

To help you further consider the above candidates perhaps a visit to the Greens website might be useful. Website:

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