By Parker McKenzie
Members of the Greens’ all-black Senate ticket met with local community and branch members in Casey to detail their federal election platform and answer questions.
Senate candidates Adam Frogley and Lidia Thorpe, along with candidate Casey Jenny Game, were at the Darren Honey Center in Healesville on April 30.
Mr Frogley focused on politics when he addressed those present, detailing Greens plans to cut education costs, tackle unemployment and underemployment and strengthen the university sector.
“The option of secure and continued employment, which as a trade unionist is something I am passionate about,” he said.
“We have lost more than 30,000 university sector employees in all fields. It has had an incredibly detrimental impact on the higher education sector.
“You can’t live a life where you constantly work three casual jobs just to make ends meet. It’s not right, it’s not right. »
Djab Wurrung wife Sissy Austin and Wiradjuri, non-binary Zeb Payne complete the all-Indigenous senatorial ticket, a first in Australia.
Ms. Thorpe spoke passionately about the challenges facing Indigenous Australians and First Nations people.
“I stand here as a survivor and matriarch of DjabWurrung, Gunnai and Gunditjmara, and also as a sign of resistance,” she said.
“2022 is all about peace: peace with ourselves, peace with our nation, peace with our land, peace with our animals, peace with all levels of living beings, and the mechanism for getting there is a treaty.
“We are only one of the few countries in the world that does not have a treaty with its people. It’s been long overdue.
Mr Frogley said he would be proud to see a Greens senator elected in Victoria.
“I am very proud to support Lidia and see her elected as Senator for Victoria on May 21,” he said.
“If by some incredible chance I win Tattsloto and am also elected, I will work to meet the needs of all voters and of course their aspirations will be recognized.”
Ms Thorpe dismissed the use of Indigenous registered party processes as dangerous and said it is being used to circumvent the wants and needs of traditional owners of the land.
“It’s a strategy that the government uses to manufacture consent. Get rid of everyone who doesn’t like it, we’re only going to deal with a registered native party and this little group of black guys because they’ll be okay with it, ”she said.
“The law of indigenous land is to listen to the people whose land it is and learn and then practice it. Recognition at home is a call to action.