SURBHI Snowball has outlined her vision for the Flinders electorate and the policies that an Anthony Albanese-led Labor government would deliver.
Snowball’s campaign launch was made on Sunday 1 May at Mount Martha Community House, the venue where Bob Chynoweth, the last Labor MP for Flinders celebrated his historic win in 1983.
Flinders has been held for the Liberals for all but one of the past the past 50 years, with retiring MP Greg Hunt succeeding fellow Liberal Peter Reith in 2001.
“From the many meet and greets, the door knocks and forums, I appreciate the issues which are foremost in the minds of people living in the electorate of Flinders,” Snowball said.
“If elected … I will be a part of a government which is in touch with community needs, that understands the importance of quality, affordable health care child care and aged care, and the devastating effects of wage stagnation and rising cost of living pressures.
“I will work to deliver real action on climate change and re-store people’s faith in their federal politicians.
“After almost a decade wasted because of the inaction, obfuscation and incompetence by successive Coalition federal governments, people understand the need for urgent action on climate change.”
Snowball said the Mornington Peninsula was “already experiencing the detrimental impact of climate change”.
“Food and wine production is not as fruitful, shorelines are being eroded and the tourism industry is vulnerable. Life as we know it on the peninsula will change dramatically for the worse,” she said.
“Under Scott Morrison there have been a succession of scandals and controversies. Three years ago, an anti-corruption body was promised. Yet again, Morrison has failed to deliver.
“I have heard people’s frustration with the funding rorts, shameful ministerial behaviour and corruption and I am determined to be part of an Albanese Labor government which will establish a powerful, transparent and independent nation-al anti-corruption commission.
“Every Australian should feel confident that their government is open, transparent and free from corruption.”
Snowball said people were worried about the stagnation of wages and incomes and the rising cost of living.
“They struggle to access child care and are dismayed by the neglect in so many aged care facilities.
“People know the cost of health care and are anxious about being able to afford and have access to the treatments they need for themselves and their loved ones. Medicare is one of Australia’s greatest achievements. It was built by Labor – and Labor will protect it.”