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The Greens Leader Dr. Di Natale will deliver the first of several speeches detailing the party’s economic plans for Australia at the Press Club on September 26.
“It is clear we have market and regulatory failure in essential services such as energy and banking. It is equally clear that large vested interests are able to shape policy in their own economic interests or ignore policies made for the public good that don’t deliver them an advantage.
Law-breaking is occurring in the banking, insurance and wealth management industries; water purchased by taxpayers as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan to save Australia’s inland rivers is being harvested illegally; wages theft by major Australian companies and industrial scale tax avoidance are commonplace.
We need to enhance government participation in essential service markets and curtail the power of corporate oligarchs. We also need to deliver an economy that focuses on shared prosperity and sustainable outcomes, fearlessly guard the public interest and reject government by vested interests.
The Greens were the first to talk about the problems in banking and energy, and the other parties have followed. Now we are the first to propose solutions to these problems. It’s time to move on from the pettiness and destructiveness that is currently characterising political debate and focus on the important questions for our future”
– Richard Di Natale
Dr Richard Di Natale is the leader of the Australian Greens. He was elected to the federal parliament in 2010 and re-elected in 2016. He was the first Greens’ first Victorian Senator. His portfolios include health, multiculturalism and sport.
Prior to entering parliament, Richard was a general practitioner and public health specialist. He worked in Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory, on HIV prevention in India and in the drug and alcohol sector. His key health priorities include preventative health, public dental care and responding to the health impacts of climate change.
Richard’s achievements in parliament so far include securing almost $5 billion towards Medicare-funded dentistry, winning a campaign to divest $250 million worth of tobacco stocks from the Future Fund, and spearheading campaigns into many issues of public significance such as dying with dignity, medicinal cannabis, and drug law reform. He is the co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends for Drug Policy and Law Reform, the Parliamentary Friends of West Papua, the Parliamentary Friends of Medicine and the Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism.