Kingsford Smith: James Macdonald ready as Rudd calls 2013 election

The Greens in Kingsford Smith have welcomed the announcement of the September 7th federal election.

Candidate James Macdonald said the Greens are offering a unique alternative to the “increasingly synchronized” policies of the major parties. He said on the weekend,

“The Greens have a positive and constructive vision for the nation, and we’re eager to put that to the Australian people. We stand for a sustainable and fair economy, for sanity in our refugee policy, and for fully-funded universities open to all Australians.”

“I believe that Australians are sick of the race to the bottom seen by the major parties. Whether it’s the savage cuts to sole-parent welfare or the unhinged calls to militarize the borders, there is a deeply concerning shift to appeal to the worst in human nature. I believe Australians will reject this negativity when it matters most.”

Mr Macdonald drew specific attention to his party’s calls for:

  • A national report card for development targets and building standards to promote Australia’s progress towards its ecological sustainability goals;
  • Planned investment to upgrade rail corridors between major cities and regional centres including east coast high speed rail;
  • Industrial tribunals with full powers to make orders to give effect to gender pay equity;
  • Nationally consistent industrial manslaughter laws and a minimum standard for pay, annual leave and hours of work;
  • Reform in childcare to ensure improved affordability of childcare for low and middle income families, including parents and carers who are studying;
  • A strategic plan for sustainable agriculture to deliver adequate, safe and nutritious food;
  • Re-establishment of the federal Office for the Status of Women, including its position as part of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet;
  • Urban developments to be environmentally sound, close to employment and public transport, and which should facilitate community interaction; and
  • Signing and ratifying the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage 2003.
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