South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has launched her campaign for re-election in Adelaide today with guest speakers including former Greens leader Bob Brown and former Secretary of the ACTU Bill Kelty.
“It’s never been more important to have a strong Green voice in the Senate, standing up for what matters,” Senator Hanson-Young said today.
“Tony Abbott is coming after my seat in South Australia because he knows he needs it to get effective control of the Parliament.
“While the old parties are fighting amongst themselves, the Greens are standing up for what matters.”
Najeeba Wazefadost, a refugee who came to Australia by boat when fleeing war in Afghanistan, spoke at the launch about the importance of treating all people with respect.
South Australians will get the chance to hear her story of over the next week as the Greens play a message from Ms Wazefadost to home telephones in the lead up to the election.*
“As the old parties rush to the polls on the back of refugee cruelty, it is important for us all to remember that their harsh policies are hurting real people,” Senator Hanson-Young said.
“It’s only by hearing their stories that we’ll overcome the campaign of dehumanisation being run by the Labor Party and Tony Abbott.
“If you want a humane approach on refugees, if you want someone to stand up for the environment and renewable energy, if you don’t want Tony Abbott to have full control of the parliament, you have one choice: Vote Greens,” Senator Hanson-Young concluded.
*Najeeba's message is available for download below.
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