10. DETAILED POLICIES
Other parties have been releasing policies late in the campaign. The Greens have had 32 policy documents online since last Christmas here. And our policy initiatives are here .
9. PLANNING FOR PEOPLE
The Greens think about the future, not just the next election. And we’re not for sale: we don’t take donations from developers. We need to plan medium density development along transport routes to accommodate a range of family sizes and incomes in buildings that are sensitive to the surrounding side-streets. The Greens want:
- Mandatory quality standards for apartments
- Height limits in Brunswick
- Zones that respect neighbourhood character
- Transport and schools to keep up with population
- Ensure affordable and social housing is included in developments over a certain size
At this election, the only way to stop the East-West Tollway is to vote for the Greens. We’ll put the money saved by not building this disastrous project into more trains, trams and buses, running more often, on a larger network and connecting with one another. Victoria’s population grows by 2,100 people every week. Trams and trains are built by Bombardier in Dandenong, creating jobs and pulling cars off the road.
In Brunswick we need better transport solutions that can cope with the needs of our growing suburb, including:
- more than 3 trains per hour on the Upfield line
- longer trams on crowded routes like Lygon St and Melville Rd
- a bus along Brunswick Road every ten minutes between Footscray and Elsternwick
- more bike paths, more bike cages at train stations, legal protection for cyclists
The old parties have spent 10 years making ads about public transport and toll roads, but the Greens have a practical plan you can trust to cut congestion on roads and trams.
7. FAMILY VIOLENCE
The Greens will put $100m into prevention, refuges, services and safer courts. Political and community leadership is required on this issue, which is the leading cause of preventable death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15-44.
6. NO MORE ANIMAL CRUELTY
We all know animal cruelty is wrong, yet across Victoria there are still practices that cause terrible pain and death. The Greens are the only party you can trust to make this right.
Animals may not be able to speak, but we have been, and will continue to be their voice. And you can depend on us to introduce reforms that will improve animal welfare in Victoria.
We will ban jumps racing and duck shooting and abolish cruel puppy farms. We will prohibit battery cages, sow stalls and the de-beaking of hens. We will also ensure truth in labelling so when you buy ‘free range’, you’ll know you’re getting exactly what you paid for.
5. RENEWABLE ENERGY
The Greens will take on the monopoly power of the big energy companies, unleashing investment in wind and solar that will reduce power bills, create jobs and reduce pollution. We’ll:
- Remove the laws that have stopped the wind energy industry in its tracks
- Ensure people with solar panels get a fair return for electricity they produce. 1 in 10 Victorians already has solar panels but it’s 1 in 4 in South Australia.
- Introduce pay as you go solar - free rooftop panels funded by future power savings.
- The Greens are committed to cleaner energy and can be trusted to follow through. The old parties have old thinking about power – they are stuck in the brown coal era.
School funding should be decided away from election campaigns, at arm’s length from candidates in marginal seats. We are investing in our future, not buying votes. The Greens will prioritise funding of public schools according to need.
As old industries close, education and training become more important. Regional and outer suburban TAFEs have closed or downsized, key services and courses have been cut, particularly those predominantly taken by women. Students face increasing debt. At the same time profit for private institutions continues to grow.
The Greens will restore TAFE as the core of our Vocational, Educational and Training system, reversing the Liberal government’s drastic cuts and the market approach of the preceding Labor government which diverted funds to private businesses.
The Greens support equal access to publicly-funded health care, with investment driven by need, not by votes. We know that prevention is better than cure, but both Liberal and Labor governments spend less than 1% of the health budget on preventative measures. We’ll invest in keeping people healthy and out of hospital, through:
- restricting the advertising of junk food and alcohol, especially to children,
- A $100 million public health strategy to tackle preventable chronic disease through education, screening and chronic disease prevention and management,
- Investing in community and mental health care, especially in under-served areas.
2. GREAT FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Let’s save Victoria’s tallest trees in the Mountain Ash forests of the Central Highlands. This new national park will protect the Leadbeater’s possum habitat, saving it from near-extinction, and secure clean water catchments for Melbourne. The project has widespread public support, as well as the endorsement of David Attenborough and Jane Goodall! The Greens are the only major party supporting the creation of the Park this election.
The Greens are the only party refusing to accept donations from property developers. We want a cap on all political donations and real time disclosure of donations over $1000. The anti-corruption commission (IBAC) needs teeth to enable it to launch investigations and investigate politicians. Politicians must be held to account and represent you, not big business. The Greens are the party you can trust to fight to restore integrity to our Victorian parliament.
Don’t just take our word for it though! This election the Greens have been very fortunate to receive the endorsement of a number of important groups: The Public Transport Users Association, Environment Victoria, Animals Australia, family violence campaigner and Victorian of the Year Rosie Batty, No More Deaths Alliance, and the Tunnel Picket.
As a voter in Brunswick you have a great opportunity: you could help get the first Green into the lower house of Victoria’s parliament. In this seat, the Liberals will most likely come third out of the three major parties, so you need to decide whether you trust the Greens or Labor to represent your values.
Brunswick only needs a 3.5% swing (about 1500 votes) to go Green. Why not preference the Greens first this election, and help put a member in the middle of parliament who will stand up for what matters.
Authorised by Dr Tim Read 1/362 Lt Collins St Melbourne