Labor launches its campaign in Indi
Candidate has focus on green jobs; integration of environment and agricultural policy
LABOR’S new candidate for Indi believes the electorate has failed to attract proper funding over the last decade, something she believes she can set straight if voted in at the next federal election.
Beechworth mother of two, Nadia David, who is a qualified solicitor now undertaking a PhD at Monash University and currently teaching Criminal Justice Studies at RMIT, announced her candidacy this week.
Her core campaign is based around regional green jobs and she is also focused strongly on the integration of environment and agricultural policy.
As an operator of a 38-hectare sustainable property, Ms David said farmers in the region have been crying out for strong and clear climate change policy that would for instance help them transition their farms away from heavy water use.
The development of a green transition for Indi is something Ms David believes can create manufacturing jobs such as making solar panels or electric vehicles and “only a Labor government would do that”.
The long-time unionist said she sees a lot of opportunity for working people in Indi that “has been going begging” and she believes Indi has floundered over the last
decade in terms of its ability to attract grant money as an independently held seat.
“I have a lot of ideas and hope for Indi and I see lots of opportunity here, but without a party behind you and without being in government none of those things are going to happen because the Federal Government doesn’t want an independent, they want a Liberal party member,” she said.
“They are not going to support an independent by dialling out money here.
“At a State Government level they’re the ones giving to Indi and
the funding in the electorate is actually due to a Labor State Government.
“There’s been some clean energy, renewables, regional jobs, health funding and school upgrades (at a state level).”
Ms David admits that the election of independents Cathy McGowan and incumbent Helen Haines has allowed people to look at different options rather than continuing to vote the same way just because their parents did.
And she believes Labor has “a real fighting chance” to be elected at the next election but she would not be drawn into criticising the Coalition Government in the way they have handled the response to the pandemic.
“I’m sure there are ways we could have done it better but at the end of the day, my campaign and Labor’s campaign is focused on services, reform and the future such as job provision and creating opportunities for working people,” she said.
“We want to create a more cohesive community we all want to be a part of and Indi is full of communities like that who are pulling together with each other and for each other.”
She made reference to the COVID outbreak in Shepparton in that many unions in that community have been coordinating efforts to get food to people, make sure truck drivers can work and others who are working have safe PPE.
“There is a real place for union movements in this area that hasn’t been recognised and I’m really keen to see working people put up the front in my campaign,” she said.
Ms David and her husband Charles’ son, Ben, has Down syndrome and is on the autism spectrum and accordingly Nadia has a strong interest in the NDIS and disability policy more broadly.
Both she and Charles are involved in Farmers for Climate Action and Landcare.