Politics

Greens leader campaigns in Perth

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has announced that the party’s campaign will be anchored by policies to address climate change, medicinal cannabis, dying with dignity, asylum seekers, and inequality.

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Richard Di Natale and Rachel Siewert answer questions. Photos: Lauren Quinn.

Greens volunteers gathered in Forrest Chase to hear from Mr Di Natale, who also discussed increased funding for schools and hospitals, and support for vulnerable people in the community.

“I think it is inconceivable that we can support any government that continues to take us backwards when it comes to global warming and has been a voice of brutality and cruelty towards innocent people seeking asylum in this country,” he said.

“Australia needs a political party that will look beyond their own narrow self interest and look towards the national interest. More people right around the country are turning to us to be the positive, progressive, optimistic political party that they’re so desperately looking for.”

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said the campaign was the biggest the party had organised.

“We are ready. We have been preparing the Greens biggest grass-roots, volunteer-driven campaign ever organised in WA,” she said.

Karen, a Greens volunteer, said she spent her morning handing out flyers and urging the people of Perth to vote for the party.

“Thank goodness for the courage and vision of the Greens,” she said.

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Volunteers urge the people of Perth to take part.

“I have been following the Green trend my whole life and I believe in them and I believe in this campaign.”

Mr Di Natale said the Greens would have an impact at the Federal election.

“We are the underdogs, but we are a growing party and are threatening all sides of politics including, Labor and Liberal-National,” he said.

“We are heading into this election with an incredible team of MPs and candidates who stand for a more decent and prosperous Australia.”