House debates

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Statements by Members

Australian Greens

1:42 pm

Photo of Adam BandtAdam Bandt (Melbourne, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

Today the parliament of Aotearoa New Zealand declared a climate emergency, an initiative championed by a Greens leader in his second term as climate change minister. The October election in Aotearoa saw the resounding return of a compassionate, progressive government and an increase in the Greens vote.

On the same night, the ACT Greens tripled their representation with six MLAs, including three ministers, returning them to government. With Greens in shared government, the ACT has gone 100 per cent renewable, built new public transport solutions and is making this city even more livable. When the public sees Greens in parliament in government, they like it.

At the recent Queensland election, the Greens, again, increased our representation with huge swings in seats across Brisbane. In Victoria, a record 36 Greens councillors were just elected to local governments, including the first Greens majority council in Yarra. And now, with Joe Biden setting more ambitious climate goals for the US, there's a genuine chance that the global tide can turn. The people are speaking and their voices are growing stronger. A vote for the Greens has power. Your vote will help kick the Liberals out and help us push the Labor and Liberal parties further and faster on the climate crisis and tackling economic inequality. The green wave is coming, and it is powerful.