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March 3, 2021

Greens win debate hands down

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What a lacklustre election with little imagination, enthusiasm or foresight shown by either Abbott or Rudd.

A biased national media election campaign, funded predominantly by mining corporations and vested interests, reiterating that money is the only issue that Australians face.

Let’s be honest, under Abbott the rich get richer, and the less advantaged (including small businesses) get poorer.

The carbon tax is already working: emissions in the National Electricity Market (NEM) are down 7 per cent and renewable energy output is up 25 per cent in 12 months since the carbon price started.

Why take a step backwards into the dark ages with Abbott? The Federal AEMO Report and Beyond Zero Emission reports both prove that 100 per cent renewable energy is achievable in Australia by 2030, but it would take strong political will.

Political conscience: What would our political leaders reply to our future generation of children who ask ‘Why didn’t you do anything to stop global warming at 2 degrees?’

And what of the prospect of our precious arable land and water, laid to waste under mines and gas wells to feed an export market to China.

These are the real issues that have not been addressed by either Labor or the Coalition.

The Greens win this debate hands down, with integrity, social compassion and environmental policies that show foresight into the future of this country.

It’s not a wasted vote, as your second preference flows on in full value to either major party, and the Greens are a lot better choice as a watchdog for democracy in the Senate than the Shooters Party, unless you would like a repeat scenario of the NSW government with hunting and logging in national parks.

Joanna Gardner, Uki

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