Pas­sion for par­lia­men­tary change

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A PUSH to en­cour­age lo­cally de­vel­oped re­new­able en­ergy and a de­sire to im­prove the demo­cratic process are the ma­jor driv­ers of Greens can­di­date for Bur­nett Colin Shep­pard’s cam­paign.

Mr Shep­pard, a health­care sec­tor pro­fes­sional based in Bris­bane, took the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent the Greens with both hands.

Fu­elled by a de­sire to en­cour­age the demo­cratic process, Mr Shep­pard spoke pas­sion­ately about the need for an Up­per House to re­turn to Queens­land to re­move the “first past the post” sys­tem.

“It will al­low mi­nor par­ties like the Greens to par­tic­i­pate in par­lia­ment but, more than that, it will al­low more peo­ple to be in­volved in the process,” Mr Shep­pard said.

That de­sire is matched only by his pas­sion for the en­vi­ron­ment.

Mr Shep­pard’s other two main points cen­tred on re­new­able en­ergy and cli­mate change.

Given the Bur­nett’s lo­ca­tion, Mr Shep­pard said more should be done to en­cour­age in­no­va­tion in this area.

“There’s plenty of po­ten­tial for re­new­able en­ergy in the Bur­nett,” he said, cit­ing so­lar, wind and tidal en­er­gies.

“I cer­tainly think there should be a stronger lo­cal econ­omy and I think the Bur­nett is in a very good lo­ca­tion to do that.

“I would also ask peo­ple to think about the en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate change.”

Mr Shep­pard crit­i­cised main­stream me­dia for cre­at­ing an “ex­tremely nar­row de­bate” that fo­cussed on “only four gov­ern­ment de­part­ments”.

He flagged tourism, trans­port and roads as other ma­jor is­sues for the state.

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Greens can­di­date for Bur­nett Colin Shep­pard .

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