THE Greens candidate for Fisher in the next federal election, Andrew McLean, believes that the balance of power in the next government is very likely to be held by the Greens.
Andrew said people around the world were “switching onto the fact that Green policies are sensible, that we simply need to look after people and the planet and stop corporate control”.
“The Queensland Greens do not take corporate donations, so our decisions are made from science and evidence, not what’s best for billionaires,” Andrew said.
“We are a grassroots party, ordinary people who have had a gutful of political spin and corporate control.
“Since I have been in Maleny, every election has been won by the person or party with the most money. That’s not democracy. That’s too close to American politics for my liking.
“Democratic choice is critical. People need to be able to vote for the best ideas, not who has the most money.
“The Greens are happy to work with others to get good outcomes [such as] upgrading Medicare and seriously dealing with the climate and housing crises.
“The last time the Greens had the balance of power, emissions went down and they brokered a deal for free dental care for kids. Let us finish the job. There is a better way to spend public money,” he said.
Andrew spent the first two weeks of his campaign with First Nations people on country listening, learning and growing, which he described as a life-altering experience.
“It made me see things quite simply. How we treat each other is the most important thing. That’s why we talk about a future for all of us,” he said.
Andrew is involved in the community in Maleny and currently runs a non-profit in the housing sector. He is also a qualified mechanic and a massage therapist.
You can contact Andrew on firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling friends of the Queensland Greens
AN informal gathering of people who support or would like to know more about the Queensland Greens will be held at the Glass House Mountains District Park from 4pm on January 13.
It will be held at the picnic and barbeque shelter at the Page Street end of the park (off Coonowrin Road). BYO food and drinks.
The gathering will give locals a chance to talk with other locals who align with the values of the Queensland Greens, as well as to discuss local issues and meet the local candidate for the upcoming federal election, Andrew McLean.