MICHAEL BELL­ST­EDT

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Know Your Candidates - Mitchell -

I am Michael Bell­st­edt, your Greens can­di­date for the fed­eral seat of Mitchell in the 2016 elec­tion.

I am an en­gi­neer, and I run a lo­cal con­sult­ing en­gi­neer­ing prac­tice fo­cussed on im­prov­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal and fi­nan­cial out­comes for our clients, by in­creas­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, us­ing re­new­able en­ergy and re­duc­ing wastage.

Cli­mate change is al­ready af­fect­ing Mitchell, with in­creased bush­fire risk, and the Greens have a com­pre­hen­sive suite of poli­cies to ad­dress this threat to our planet. While the gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to pro­mote dan­ger­ous fos­sil fu­els, the Greens are call­ing to Re­new Aus­tralia with 90% re­new­able en­ergy by 2030, boost­ing our man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try, and help­ing us tran­si­tion from coal. The Greens are also call­ing for a ban on dirty po­lit­i­cal do­na­tions from fos­sil fuel com­pa­nies.

The Greens also op­pose the cur­rent in­hu­mane and costly poli­cies aimed at cru­elling refugees into stay­ing away from Aus­tralia, through boat turn-backs and off­shore pro­cess­ing. The Greens want im­me­di­ate clo­sure off­shore de­ten­tion cen­tres, and a move to­wards com­mu­nity pro­cess­ing. Seek­ing asy­lum is not a crime, and Aus­tralia should be em­brac­ing its in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions, and wel­com­ing refugees.

Ed­u­ca­tion is a ba­sic right and should be ac­ces­si­ble to every­one, not only to those with the means to af­ford it. An ed­u­cated pop­u­la­tion is es­sen­tial for na­tional pros­per­ity and growth; hence we op­pose the gov­ern­ment pol­icy of pri­vati­sa­tion and dereg­u­la­tion of ed­u­ca­tion in favour of a sys­tem of free pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion for all.

Vote [1] the Greens in 2016 for a fairer, more com­pas­sion­ate and sus­tain­able fu­ture for Aus­tralia.

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