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Kashmir Miller: ‘the Green wave will expand’

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Greens Candidate for Page, Kashmir Miller voted in a room that had her name on the Honour board. Photo Tree Faerie

Taking her first but definitely not her last steps into federal politics, the election campaign for Greens candidate for Page, Kashmir Miller, was exciting and tricky.

At less than half the age of the incumbent MP, many wondered if Miller was old enough to take on parliament in a meaningful way, but those who have met and spoken to Miller see her in a different light.

Miller is politically astute

Sue Higginson MLC says that Miller is a brilliant advocate for the region. ‘She’s also a brilliant advocate for young people, something we don’t have in the parliament, and she’s very politically astute. She’s been engaged in local politics, and fully engaged at frontlines since she was a really young person. So she’s got a massive presence and I would say she’s more qualified than other people in the race right now.

‘She has absolutely blown my socks off and absolutely instilled in me serious hope for where we’re going to be in the future of politics.’

Higginson says that as soon as you meet Kashmir and talk to her, and you hear her. ‘People are really convinced that she could do the job – should do the job.’

Miller spent the day as all candidates did, visiting booth after booth in her electorate. ‘We’ve been traveling around Lismore which is where I’ve been focusing on today because it’s my hometown, and I made sure to vote at my high school Lismore High. It was really cool. I could see my name up on the Honour Board, because I was school captain.’

Important to meet people

Miller said she felt it was important to meet people on election day. ‘Voters really appreciate being able to take the how to vote from the candidate and have that interaction with the person that they are potentially voting for. So it’s super important for any serious candidate to be out here and meeting the people and engaging with them.’

Miller understood that some voter might see her age as a negative, but Miller says youth is a super power. ’It is just an awful stereotype that young people aren’t capable and I’ve been really fighting to change that – and I’ve been successful.

‘I found some people commenting on Facebook saying that I’m too young, and I don’t have any life experience – whatever that is. I sent them private messages andI told them a bit about myself and I have conversations with them. I actually got a response from somebody saying that originally they were going to put me below Hogan right at the bottom, but after our conversation, they put me right up the top. That’s really cool.’

A disappointing result

On Sunday Miller said the result in Page was disappointing. ‘I have concerns for the future of Page with our MP now being in the opposition at such a pivotal time in our post-flood recovery.

‘I truly hope Kevin Hogan will represent the diverse voters of Page, many of whom fear for what life in a post-climate change future will look like, and not just those who voted him in.

‘Our flood affected community deserve an MP who will act on climate and deliver a strong, multi- pronged approach moving forward, which Hogan has a responsibility to now deliver.’

Miller said regardless, the mood on election night for Greens and progressives across Australia was electric as they saw strong Liberal seats turn Green and red and Teal. ‘Real climate action and social justice is now on the horizon, but we cannot trust Labor to do this alone. We must keep them accountable, remind them of their election promises and remind them of the devastation faced in the Northern Rivers so we can get a net zero goal of 2035.

Serious about change for the planet and people

‘The Greens support stayed strong in Page, and I am incredibly grateful to our volunteers and supporters who stayed true to the fact that only the Greens are serious about getting real change for the planet and people.’

Miller says she won’t stop fighting for the environment, the electorate and the country, and she plans to run again in 2025.

With counting still dribbling on in parts of the country, at the time of writing there were at least three Greens Lower House seats secured across the country and the likely addition of David Shoebridge to the NSW senate. ‘We are in the balance of power. Australia has stated loud and clear that the Coalition have failed us and we need change.

‘Now we must stay alert, keep Labor accountable and prepare for the next election where the Green wave will expand even further.’

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  1. This article fails to mention there was a -4.1% swing against the Greens and Kashmir in the Page electorate.
    Around the country there was a swing in favor of the Greens but it was the opposite in Page which suggests Kashmir is/was a poor candidate. Stop beating around the bush, It was a failed campaign.
    “The Greens support stayed strong in Page” get real there was a swing against you!

  2. I handed out how to votes for Ms Miller in Nana Glen. It was quite disheartening to see people in such an economically disadvantaged area voting against their interests. Many people laughed in my face. A lot of rural people hate the greens. We need to find a way to win over those “alternative” people who vote for UAP and PHON, and change the way the Greens are seen by country Nationals voters. We need to be seen as representing the interests of farmers and ordinary people in rural places. They think Greens are inner city elites who want to destroy their livelihoods. I think we need more community outreach and forums so they know the Greens are listening to them. A royal commission into newscorp would probably help a lot too.

    • Try not to be so pro-totalitarianism. It makes people suspicious of your intent.
      They are not listening to News Corp, they asking questions and you don’t have good answers.
      Your party by it’s nature is not about what the people want, you are about forcing the people to do what you want. Think about it.

  3. The shame is page rewarded barnaby’s climate change denying mate. No more pork barrelling from Kevin, the taps turned off and now his first time in opposition. Anyway the greens are not the only party for action on climate change and hopefully, listening to Brandt they have learnt from their purity in policy and voting with the coalition to sink an ets and leading to all these years of climate wars.


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