BCCAG Meet the Candidates Forum 30-10-2018

Candidates Forum
Sifting the Political Spin on Climate Policy


Introduction and Presentations

With the Victorian elections timed for November 24, we need to hear from the major parties about their energy policies and their plans to protect our environment.  We will be asking the tough questions and publishing the major parties responses.
Dominic Phillips – Greens Candidate for Sandringham

I have been incredibly lucky to have grown up in Sandringham, and have a deep appreciation for our area including our beautiful foreshore and fragile, natural ecosystems. The people of Sandringham are a compassionate community, who care about social justice and environmental protection, and deserve representation in state parliament that is in line with these values. I will work to protect our environment, as well as ensuring political decisions are made for the good of the people, not vested interests.

Anita Horvarth – Labor Candidate for Sandringham

Anita is a qualified practicing lawyer and also a community volunteer with broad experience as a Port Phillip Councillor from 2012- 2016 working on and chairing numerous committees from Statutory Planning to Road Safety.  She was educated in Australia, Austria and Germany and is a part-time carer, tai chi practitioner, bushwalker and cyclist.

                Nina Taylor – Labor Candidate for Southern Metro

Nina works as a lawyer with the Community and Public Sector Union and was elected to Glen Eira Council in 2016 where she is Chair of the Sustainability committee and represents Glen Eira Council at the Eastern alliance for Greenhouse Action. She uses a combination of her own worm café and Council food waste recycling to manage the majority of waste generated at her home.She is taking a leave of absence from her Council duties for the State Election.

Brad Rowswell – Liberal Candidate for Sandringham

Brad has declined our invitation to attend the Forum

We do know that Matthew Guy has stated he will repeal the Victorian Renewal Energy Target (VRET) if elected.

The State Liberal party does not have an energy or environmental policy.  Brad Rowswell has advised he will forward this if/when it is released

Cam Walker – Moderator

We have also arranged with key policy strategist, Cam Walker to moderate that discussion and help us clarify the facts.
Cam is long time campaigns co-ordinator at Friends of the Earth. He has lectured in environmental politics and change theory at RMIT University and is currently working on a range of climate policy issues including protecting the Victorian Renewable Energy Target and establishing Victoria’s first climate budget.
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