6. A sustainable future: Protect our environment without breaking our citizens
In Australia, as around the whole world, we need a strategic plan to transition our economy away from harmful processes that effect our environment. We must do so without causing an economic disadvantage to our citizens.
We must develop an ‘Accept and Prevent’ mind-set when looking at a sustainable future. That is, accepting the scientific evidence on the impact of unsustainable practices, and then coming up with long-term solutions to prevent the negative impacts whilst also achieving maximum economic output.
I will pledge to develop and support a strategic plan to develop hi-tech industries and new clean energy technology to power our businesses and homes, and fuel our trucks and cars.
I will do so by:
a. Supporting and initiating sustainable new industries and innovative ideas that will support job creation and employment.
b. I will support and advocate for a strategic and planned withdrawal of the use of fossil fuels to power our economy without disrupting and causing economic inconvenience to Australian families, miners, businesses and those that classify themselves as ‘working-class citizens’.
c. I will ensure that new infrastructure development is regulated and sustainably designed without intruding the natural beauty, heritage and environment of Australia, and particularly the Hume electorate, including our landscapes.
d. Supporting bills and initiatives by the government to assist farmers into transitioning to innovative farming methods that are sustainable for the environment and their businesses, including carbon farming.