FAQs

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING?

I think politics should give us something to believe in. We should be planning for the future, investing in new technologies to power our economy, tackling climate change and protecting the basic human rights of every individual. That’s not what our government is doing now.

In the past, I’ve said I wasn’t interested in politics. Then, last year, the world’s leading climate scientists warned that we only have 12 years to limit climate change before it’s too late. Most people who know me, know me for my work defending human rights. Well, I believe that climate change is the greatest human rights battle of our time.

For years, both major parties have tried to mislead people when it comes to climate change, refugee policy and much more. The Liberal party is divided and dysfunctional and standing in the way of progress.

Both major parties are listening to their big corporate donors (including from the big banks, gambling, coal, fossil fuel and property development industries) and blatantly ignoring and disrespecting the people they are meant to represent. This needs to change, now.

I’ve lived in Kooyong my entire life and have had countless conversations with members of our community. It’s clear to me that people here are intelligent and compassionate. You deserve to be listened to and to have your values represented in Canberra.

As a commercial barrister, economics graduate and human rights and refugee advocate, I’ve never shied away from the big battles. I have spent my working life championing compassion, evidence-based decision making and fighting hard for the rights of the people I represent.

If elected by you, I will be a strong voice for our community. I will hold the major parties to account, fight for real action on climate change, a strong renewable economy and to restore integrity and compassion to parliament.

With your support, we could make a real difference.

WHY THE GREENS?

Time and again, we have seen the advocacy of the Greens, in parliament and in the community, deliver outcomes, lead the political debate and give voice to the people and issues the major parties ignore.

VALUES LED POLITICS

I joined the Greens because all Greens policies are centred around people: caring about how people are treated, about the opportunities we have throughout their lives, the world we live in and the world we hand on to those who come after.

For a long time, I’ve been an advocate for human rights. In 2001, the Tampa crisis happened. I saw people sitting on that ship’s deck in the blazing sun, and I thought, ‘Nobody should be treated like that’. I’ve been a human rights and refugee advocate ever since. The Greens are the only party in federal parliament who have consistently stood against the human rights abuses of both Labor and Liberal governments. The Greens demonstrate great conviction in their values and great effectiveness in parliament.

INDEPENDENTLY COSTED PLANS

Greens policies are evidence based and future focused. Our plan is independently costed and balanced with a comprehensive suite of revenue-raising measures, including ending the billions of dollars of government handouts made to multinational corporations and making the 1 in 3 corporations who pay no tax at all, pay their fair share. You can read more here: greens.org.au/policies

COMMUNITY FUNDED

The major parties have taken over $100 million from corporations since 2012, including from the mining, gambling, property development and banking industries. Big donations buy big influence. Unlike the major parties, the Greens refuse to take donations from corporations looking to buy influence. We represent the community and we do not sell out.

EFFECTIVE IN PARLIAMENT

For many years, I’ve watched the Greens demonstrate great effectiveness in leading the debate in parliament – they have proven that there is great power in their numbers. The Greens were the first in the parliament to champion action on climate change, marriage equality and the first to propose a banking royal commission. We’re the only party in the parliament fighting to close the offshore detention centres and to phase out coal to tackle climate change.

EVIDENCE-BASED PLANS TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE

The Greens are the only option for a serious, fully-costed plan, backed by the science, to phase out coal and transition to clean, renewable energy, creating 180,000 jobs and driving our economy into the future. The party has attracted some of the sharpest minds in the country, has the backing of a team of policy specialists and the endorsement of experts in the field.

CAN YOU WIN?

Right now, Kooyong is a tight contest between myself and the Liberal party. I have fought a lot of very difficult fights in my career, and I do prefer winning to losing. Yes, with your support, we can win.

If anyone tells you that we’ll “split the vote” – they fundamentally don’t understand how our preferential voting system works. It is impossible to “split the vote”. Every vote is powerful.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT PREFERENCES?

Because of our voting system, you are completely in control of your own preferences. We hand out a ‘how to vote’ card that shows you the best way to represent Greens values at the ballot box (every candidate does this).

But ultimately, you decide who you number (preference) first, who you number second, third, fourth etc. If you put me first and I am knocked out of the race when they are counting votes, your vote will automatically go to the person you number next down the list and so on.

WHY ARE THE LIBS TALKING ABOUT A “DEATH TAX”?

A death tax is not part of the Greens policy platform. For the Liberals to suggest so is inaccurate scaremongering and demonstrates that they are under threat. This election we’re working to close the corporate tax avoidance loopholes that allow 1 in 3 of the biggest corporations in Australia to pay no tax at all. We support, in principle, everyone paying their fair share of tax, but that’s a very complicated space and before supporting legislation, we want to ensure everyday working Australians are not disadvantaged. Despite what the Liberals will tell you, we have not done a deal with Labor or any other party.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE SYSTEM?

We have proposed a number of reforms that would reinvest in our universal healthcare system, so it continues to be world-class and free for everyone – no matter their bank account, postcode, or illness. As part of those reforms, we’ve proposed bringing dental services under Medicare, and ensuring that people no longer feel they need to have private health insurance to avoid languishing on waiting lists or to be able to afford medication. These improvements will reduce out of pocket costs for everyone, and occur in a staged transition to provide certainty for patients and industry.

WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON FRANKING CREDITS?

Franking credits are also not part of the Greens policy platform. In principle, we support everyone paying their fair share of tax, but we will review Labor’s legislation when it comes before the senate to make sure that it is fair and does not affect people on the pension disproportionately.

WHAT’S THIS ABOUT DRUG DECRIMINALISATION?

The Greens believe that personal drug use should be considered a health issue, not a criminal issue. This is consistent with advice from medical and legal experts, who acknowledge that current attempts to discourage drug use via criminal penalties have proven totally ineffective. The Greens have a proposal that would legalise and regulate cannabis, which will put a focus on harm reduction and breaking the business model of criminal gangs. This approach has proven effective internationally, and has resulted in lower rates of harm and usage.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING?

I think politics should give us something to believe in. We should be planning for the future, investing in new technologies to power our economy, tackling climate change and protecting the basic human rights of every individual. That’s not what our government is doing now.

In the past, I’ve said I wasn’t interested in politics. Then, last year, the world’s leading climate scientists warned that we only have 12 years to limit climate change before it’s too late. Most people who know me, know me for my work defending human rights. Well, I believe that climate change is the greatest human rights battle of our time.

For years, both major parties have tried to mislead people when it comes to climate change, refugee policy and much more. The Liberal party is divided and dysfunctional and standing in the way of progress.

Both major parties are listening to their big corporate donors (including from the big banks, gambling, coal, fossil fuel and property development industries) and blatantly ignoring and disrespecting the people they are meant to represent. This needs to change, now.

I’ve lived in Kooyong my entire life and have had countless conversations with members of our community. It’s clear to me that people here are intelligent and compassionate. You deserve to be listened to and to have your values represented in Canberra.

As a commercial barrister, economics graduate and human rights and refugee advocate, I’ve never shied away from the big battles. I have spent my working life championing compassion, evidence-based decision making and fighting hard for the rights of the people I represent.

If elected by you, I will be a strong voice for our community. I will hold the major parties to account, fight for real action on climate change, a strong renewable economy and to restore integrity and compassion to parliament.

With your support, we could make a real difference.

WHY THE GREENS?

Time and again, we have seen the advocacy of the Greens, in parliament and in the community, deliver outcomes, lead the political debate and give voice to the people and issues the major parties ignore.

VALUES LED POLITICS

I joined the Greens because all Greens policies are centred around people: caring about how people are treated, about the opportunities we have throughout their lives, the world we live in and the world we hand on to those who come after.

For a long time, I’ve been an advocate for human rights. In 2001, the Tampa crisis happened. I saw people sitting on that ship’s deck in the blazing sun, and I thought, ‘Nobody should be treated like that’. I’ve been a human rights and refugee advocate ever since. The Greens are the only party in federal parliament who have consistently stood against the human rights abuses of both Labor and Liberal governments. The Greens demonstrate great conviction in their values and great effectiveness in parliament.

INDEPENDENTLY COSTED PLANS

Greens policies are evidence based and future focused. Our plan is independently costed and balanced with a comprehensive suite of revenue-raising measures, including ending the billions of dollars of government handouts made to multinational corporations and making the 1 in 3 corporations who pay no tax at all, pay their fair share. You can read more here: greens.org.au/policies

COMMUNITY FUNDED

The major parties have taken over $100 million from corporations since 2012, including from the mining, gambling, property development and banking industries. Big donations buy big influence. Unlike the major parties, the Greens refuse to take donations from corporations looking to buy influence. We represent the community and we do not sell out.

EFFECTIVE IN PARLIAMENT

For many years, I’ve watched the Greens demonstrate great effectiveness in leading the debate in parliament – they have proven that there is great power in their numbers. The Greens were the first in the parliament to champion action on climate change, marriage equality and the first to propose a banking royal commission. We’re the only party in the parliament fighting to close the offshore detention centres and to phase out coal to tackle climate change.

EVIDENCE-BASED PLANS TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE

The Greens are the only option for a serious, fully-costed plan, backed by the science, to phase out coal and transition to clean, renewable energy, creating 180,000 jobs and driving our economy into the future. The party has attracted some of the sharpest minds in the country, has the backing of a team of policy specialists and the endorsement of experts in the field.

CAN YOU WIN?

Right now, Kooyong is a tight contest between myself and the Liberal party. I have fought a lot of very difficult fights in my career, and I do prefer winning to losing. Yes, with your support, we can win.
If anyone tells you that we’ll “split the vote” – they fundamentally don’t understand how our preferential voting system works. It is impossible to “split the vote”. Every vote is powerful.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT PREFERENCES?

Because of our voting system, you are completely in control of your own preferences. We hand out a ‘how to vote’ card that shows you the best way to represent Greens values at the ballot box (every candidate does this).

But ultimately, you decide who you number (preference) first, who you number second, third, fourth etc. If you put me first and I am knocked out of the race when they are counting votes, your vote will automatically go to the person you number next down the list and so on.

WHY ARE THE LIBS TALKING ABOUT A “DEATH TAX”?

A death tax is not part of the Greens policy platform. For the Liberals to suggest so is inaccurate scaremongering and demonstrates that they are under threat. This election we’re working to close the corporate tax avoidance loopholes that allow 1 in 3 of the biggest corporations in Australia to pay no tax at all. We support, in principle, everyone paying their fair share of tax, but that’s a very complicated space and before supporting legislation, we want to ensure everyday working Australians are not disadvantaged. Despite what the Liberals will tell you, we have not done a deal with Labor or any other party.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE SYSTEM?

We have proposed a number of reforms that would reinvest in our universal healthcare system, so it continues to be world-class and free for everyone – no matter their bank account, postcode, or illness. As part of those reforms, we’ve proposed bringing dental services under Medicare, and ensuring that people no longer feel they need to have private health insurance to avoid languishing on waiting lists or to be able to afford medication. These improvements will reduce out of pocket costs for everyone, and occur in a staged transition to provide certainty for patients and industry.

WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON FRANKING CREDITS?

Franking credits are also not part of the Greens policy platform. In principle, we support everyone paying their fair share of tax, but we will review Labor’s legislation when it comes before the senate to make sure that it is fair and does not affect people on the pension disproportionately.

WHAT’S THIS ABOUT DRUG DECRIMINALISATION?

The Greens believe that personal drug use should be considered a health issue, not a criminal issue. This is consistent with advice from medical and legal experts, who acknowledge that current attempts to discourage drug use via criminal penalties have proven totally ineffective. The Greens have a proposal that would legalise and regulate cannabis, which will put a focus on harm reduction and breaking the business model of criminal gangs. This approach has proven effective internationally, and has resulted in lower rates of harm and usage.