How to #Voteclimate in Wills in 2016
Kyung Moo (Kevin) HONG (Liberal Party of Australia) Facebook
Ashley BLACKWELL (Drug Law Reform Party) Facebook, Drug Law Reform website
Tristram CHELLEW (Australian Sex Party) Facebook
Samantha RATNAM (The Greens) website | Facebook
Dougal GILLMAN (Renewable Energy Party) Renewable Energy Party Facebook
William FULGENZI (Socialist Equality Party) SEP Facebook
Zane ALCORN (Socialist Alliance) Facebook
Camille SYDOW (Animal Justice Party) Facebook
Francesco TIMPANO (Independent) Facebook
Peter KHALIL (Australian Labor Party) website | Facebook
Candidates had an opportunity to explain their policies at a climate forum in Wills that we organised.
- Climate and Health Alliance – Health and climate Scorecard
- Solar citizens Wills Scorecard
- Australian Conservation Foundation Scorecard (PDF)
- Environment Victoria Scorecard (PDF)
- WWF Scorecard
- Fight for the Reef Election Tracker
- Bicycle Network – Vote Bike cycling scorecard
- Oxfam’s Vote Fair election elephant: YOU have the power to choose a fairer, more equal world.
- Digital Rights Watch scorecard
- Abbott/Turnbull Government record on environment and climate action at Sustainable Fawkner.
- Moreland Bicycle Users Group are surveying all candidates on Cycling in Wills policies
ACF climate pledge
Only three of the ten candidates standing for the Wills Federal electorate have signed the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) pledge: Samantha Ratnam (The Greens), Camille Sydow (Animal Justice Party) and Zane Alcorn (Socialist Alliance). This pledge is an undertaking that if elected they will:
- Support Clean Energy. Transitioning Australia to 100 percent clean energy.
- Cut Pollution. Moving to zero net climate pollution before 2050 and closing dirty coal burning power stations.
- Protect our reefs, rivers, forests and wildlife. Supporting a strong set of laws and institutions to improve biodiversity and regulate pollution.
Other candidates have taken away the pledge card to consider but have not yet committed. These include: Peter Khalil (Labor), Will Fulgenzi (Socialist Equality), Tristram Chellow (Sex Party).
I am particularly disappointed Peter Khalil, the Labor candidate, has refused so far to sign. His predecessor Kelvin Thomson was a strong supporter of climate action within parliament and Labor Caucus. Other Labor candidates have not been as reticent such as for example: Tony Clark in Deakin and Margaret D’Arcy in Kooyong both signing the pledge.
This is an important pledge as it contains commitments to phase out polluting coal and increase renewable energy to 100 percent, to transition to a zero carbon economy before 2050, and to protect our forests, rivers and reefs. All these are essential if we are to meet out international climate commitments of the Paris Agreement.
Don’t forget the Federal election sausage sizzle map: it is not too late for schools to do some sizzling fund raising at polling booths.