Wills MP Kelvin Thomson signs Pollution Free Politics Pledge
Our current Federal MP for Wills, Kelvin Thomson, has signed the Pollution Free Politics pledge.
We applaud this leadership By Kelvin Thomson. But as Kelvin is retiring at the 2016 Federal election we call upon all candidates in Wills to make this pledge. Current declared candidates are Peter Kahlil for the Labor Party and Samantha Ratnam for the Greens.
I personally support, and call on all politicians and parties to support:
• a ban on donations from fossil fuel companies, and
• a ban on subsidies to fossil fuel companies.
Moreland is a progressive community which has often strongly voiced its concern for greater climate action. In 2013 the votecompass survey run by the ABC ranked Wills 4th in the list of electorates calling for more climate action, after Grayndler (NSW), Batman, and Melbourne. We ranked third in favour of the Question, “The federal government should put a price on carbon.”, after Grayndler and Batman electorates. (ABC: Battlelines: Top 20 seats where voters are most at odds on key election issues)
This Pollution Free Politics campaign by 350.org argues that “It’s time for our politicians to get out of the pockets of the big polluters”. They have compiled statistics that conservatively show that for each $1 donated by fossil fuel companies to major political parties, the fossil fuel and mining sector has enjoyed tax subsidies of over $2000. That is an astounding investment return. Political donations to the major political parties has corrupted politics.
The campaign also focuses on the climate change blockers in Federal Parliament, so if you live in Wills you can still raise your concerns on social media with those politicians from Victoria.
For more information, visit the www.PollutionFreePolitics.com website.