Recently, Amy MacMahon won the election in her riding, gaining another Green seat in the Australian Government. I had the opportunity to send her some questions to see how she feels about this win.
S: How does it feel to finally see South Brisbane as a Green riding?
A: “It’s hard to sum up the immense feeling of gratitude I have for all the volunteers, supporters and voters who’ve made history in South Brisbane this election.
“This win is the result of hundreds of everyday people – teachers, union workers, landscapers, students, people on JobKeeper and JobSeeker, nurses, renters, parents and families – putting in countless hours of effort to take back power for everyday Queenslanders.”
“I’ll be fighting to finally make big corporations pay their fair share to fund health, education, public housing, publicly owned renewable energy…”– MacMahon
S: How would you do things different than Ms. Tradd?
A: “The same way we ran our campaign – going out and talking to people face-to-face to hear about what’s important to them – is the way I’ll work as the local MP.
“The biggest difference between Greens representatives and the major parties is that we don’t take any donations from corporations, so that means I’m not afraid to stand up to big banks, mining billionaires and developers in order to represent local residents.
“I’ll be fighting to finally make big corporations pay their fair share to fund health, education, public housing, publicly owned renewable energy and more, so that ordinary people benefit from our state’s enormous wealth.”
“But my most important work as an MP this term will be in my local community, not just in Parliament.”-MacMahon
S: Do you think it will be difficult to achieve green policies in a labour majority government?
A: “I’m looking forward to sitting down with Labor to talk about having a productive next four years in government, because what we know from the results in New Zealand and ACT is that when Labor and the Greens work together you get popular governments that improve working people’s lives, create jobs and tackle climate change.
“We’re ready to talk about things like raising mining royalties to fund jobs in public housing and publicly owned renewable energy, fully funding health & education, stopping Adani and tackling child poverty in Queensland with free school meals.
“But my most important work as an MP this term will be in my local community, not just in Parliament.
“Greens representatives get outcomes in their electorates by listening to residents, amplifying locals’ voices, and using our resources and platform to build community power to effect change.”
We wish all the best!