Carol Vernon

Candidate for Cowper

As a retired educator, who has lived in urban, regional and rural areas, I stand proudly for The Greens - the only party with long-term goals to care for all people, to plan for a secure future on a livable planet and to protect the natural world that sustains us.

Addressing social justice shortfalls must be a priority for the federal representative for Cowper, an electorate with one of the lowest median household incomes in Australia, high unemployment, an older and aging population, and decreasing youth access to third-level education. 

Our youth are being denied inexpensive access to TAFE. They deserve a better-funded higher education system and fully funded public schools.

We can have a public health system without yearlong elective surgery lists and long emergency waiting lists. We deserve excellent mental-health facilities, 

We cannot afford weak climate-change action. Our children deserve a livable planet. Taking strong action to address the impacts of a changing climate is vital for Cowper, with its coastal towns, city foreshores and a very high rainfall feeding major rivers.  

We can create more jobs if we protect our native forests, soil and rivers and pursue renewable energy. 

I believe in sensible infrastructure spending, excellent rail services and a better NBN that creates jobs. 

I support local small business and industry, including local food production.

We must house our homeless and build desperately needed, well-planned public housing, accessed by a revitalised public transport system. 

We need a compassionate Australian government that protects and cares for all.