THE Greens candidate for the federal seat of Bowman, Emerald Moon says her priorities are saving Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour to protect Moreton Bay and cleaning up politics.
The 23-year-old said the Queensland Greens was not beholden to big businesses because the party did not take corporate political donations.
“The fact that a proposal to build 3600 apartments on Ramsar-listed wetlands has come this far really shows the major parties continue to put corporate interests ahead of the community,” she said.
“The Toondah Harbour developer Walker Corporation has donated to both Labor and the Liberals.”
Ms Moon said wealthy donors were a priority to political parties that accepted corporate donations.
“I want to bring political power back to the community and work towards a fairer system, and a government that truly listens to and governs for all of us,” she said.
Ms Moon said cleaning up politics was urgent and essential.
She said people in Bowman did not want over-development and environmental destruction.
“They want quality health, education, housing and welfare services that are accessible for all who need them,” she said.
Greens co-deputy leader Senator Larissa Waters said Ms Moon, a recent graduate from Griffith University, would be a passionate and hard-working advocate for Bowman.
“The Greens want a better future for all of us, not just the major parties’ donor mates,” Senator Waters said.
“But to get the influence of big money out of politics we need to elect more everyday people like Emerald, and keep the Greens in the Senate to hold the next government to account.”
Ms Moon will launch her campaign on Saturday, February 2 at Victoria Point Bowls Club from 4.30pm.
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