Environment the target in quest for votes in Flinders


Branch backing: Australian Greens candidate Willisa Hogarth has nominated the environment as the key issue in Flinders electorate.

THE state convenor the Australian Greens Willisa Hogarth is standing for the seat Flinders in the 2 July federal election.

Held by Liberal Greg Hunt since 2001, Hogarth nomination for Flinders follows that of Labor’s Carolyn Gleixner.

Mr Hunt is the current environment minister and both the Labor and the Greens candidates have signalled they will be attacking what they see as the government’s failure in that policy area.

“This is going to be a campaign where the Greens remind the Coalition that they can’t get away with leaving the environment out of the conversation.” Ms Hogarth said.

Ms Hogarth said last week’s federal budget “really cements the fact that Mr Hunt and his team have no plan to tackle climate change”.

She describes herself as having a “strong history in the energy industry” and is “determined to advocate for the possibility of a renewable manufacturing industry in Flinders”.

“The government has some fantastic opportunities to encourage investment in real jobs in places such as Hastings. But with Mr Hunt approving the continued cut to the renewable sector, it’s no surprise there is no investment in this new technology in Australia,” Ms Hogarth said.

Both Ms Hogarth and Ms Gleixner stood unsuccessfully for the 2014 state election, Ms Gleixner in Nepean against sitting Liberal Martin Dixon and Ms Hogarth “as a support candidate” for the Upper House seat of Eastern Victoria.

Ms Hogarth says she is backed by Greens branches on the Mornington Peninsula and Bass Coast Shire.

“The growth of support in our area has been very exciting, but it also shows that the people of Flinders are sick of being forgotten. They’re looking for more than what the old parties can offer them,” she said.

Ms Hogarth, a mother of three, is retraining as a secondary teacher and works part-time for a not-for-profit education focused organisation.

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First published in the Western Port News – 10 May 2016


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