Adrian JonesGreens Candidate for Bradfield
Originally from South Africa, Adrian moved to Australia with his family over 20 years ago and has lived in and around Sydney’s North Shore ever since. Strongly environmentally minded, Adrian is dedicated to proactively building a sustainable future and preserving Bradfield’s leafy surrounds. As a gay man, he also finds himself directly affected by the same sex marriage debate, and is passionate about gender equality. Outside of politics, he is an occupational therapist at Royal North Shore Hospital, where he enjoys assisting and working with the local community. Currently, he is working with older people, those with disabilities and serious short-term injuries.
Adrian joined the Greens in 2010 and has actively worked on two federal election campaigns and one NSW state election campaign. Adrian has in-depth knowledge of many key policy areas and will make a valuable contribution to the political debate. As a health professional, Adrian has a commitment to public health and health services, and his broader view of well-being attracted him to The Greens wide social and environmental policy.
What I stand for
► Marriage Equality – fully support marriage equality to be achieved by a free vote in parliament.
► Safe Schools – to be re-instated fully.
► Addressing Climate Change – 90% of energy from renewable sources by 2030, net-zero pollution by 2040 to stabilise warming a 1.5 degrees and avoid catastrophic global warming see www.renewaustralia.com.au
► Phasing Out Fossil Fuels – No new coal mines, no new CSG. No more productive farmland damaged by mining operations.
► Public schools – full funding of the Gonski funding reforms
► Refugees – increase humanitarian intake to 30,000 including a 10,000 emergency intake from within our region to reduce backlog. 4,000 more family reunion places in the humanitarian program to stop women and children getting on boats. Lift the ban on people from refugee producing nations coming by air to seek asylum.
► Domestic violence – Support and fund the immediate roll out of respectful relationships programs in primary and secondary schools as part of the national curriculum. Provide funding certainty for homelessness services assisting DV victims under the national partnership agreement on homelessness by guaranteeing current funding for at least 4 years rather than 2 years ($115 million per year).
► Taxation – Cut $8billion in diesel subsidies given to mining companies annually. Increase capital gains, remove negative gearing, reduce loopholes and tax avoidance by large corporations and the wealthiest Australians. A 2% tax reduction from 30% to 28% for small business.
► Council mergers – Strongly oppose forced amalgamations and make representations to this effect at the federal level. Provide support and representation for the implementation of a democratic process for council mergers or the abandonment of all merger plans if a democratic option can not be provided.
► Political corruption – In NSW in particular the extent of political corruption has repeatedly been revealed to us over the past 5 years, ICAC has brought this to the attention of the public and ensured that corruption is sought out and punished. We have seen some corrupt behaviour revealed to us at a Federal level too but to ensure that government and big business receive proper oversight we need a National ICAC to investigate and prosecute corrupt activities at the federal level.
Defend Safe Schools Open Letter
The safe school’s coalition is convened by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and is made up of a number of public organisations including Flinders University and Family Planning NSW. In 2010 the program commenced in Victoria, received $8million of Federal funding in 2013 and was formally launched as a national program in 2014. By 2016 approximately 500 Schools were members of the program and 86 organisations are supporters of the coalition.
The Safe Schools Coalition offers professional development for teachers, staff and student surveys to help identify learning needs. It also provides ongoing support and guidance for teachers/students/parents, resources for school staff (teachers and counsellors), and resources for students to use to create a positive change in their schools. This is all done under the professional guidance of teachers, counsellors and education experts.
In 2015 the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) and Family Voice Australia (FVA) began a campaign against Safe Schools. They claimed it had inappropriate content, indoctrinated children and that it encouraged homosexual and transgender practices instead of stopping bullying. Their campaign was successful in mobilising far right conservative MP’s to attack safe schools and demand a review of the program. The review found no significant issues with the program but the government decided to curtail the program significantly anyway.
It is my view and the view of the Australian Greens that the Safe Schools program should be fully funded in its original form. While there is always room to evaluate and improve any program; the current attack on Safe Schools is damaging to young Australians and is not a genuine attempt to improve the program but rather to limit its impact.
I want to send a strong message to all young people on the north shore and throughout Australia; their parents, friends, and relatives. Now as much as ever we must openly declare our support, love, and acceptance of LGBTI people both within and outside of our community. For those who understand the need to promote understanding and a culture of care in our schools for LGBTI students I encourage you to speak openly and publicly in support of Safe Schools. I also encourage those who believe we need to help young LGBTI Australians to contact their local MP and make it known that young people lives matter to you.