Federal election: Higgins candidates’ Q&A, James Harrison

TWR put three questions to candidates in the Higgins electorate to help voters make up their minds at the upcoming election. Below are their responses.
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JAMES HARRISON (Greens)

What is the most important federal issue for the electorate of Higgins?

We know that same-sex attracted young people have a higher risk of developing mental health issues and are much more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. This is a disturbing statistic and illustrates how important it is that our leaders send a strong, positive message to all our young people; that they will be valued and supported members of our community – regardless of their gender or sexuality. This is just one reason why marriage equality is so important. Our young people need to know that they will be treated equally and can aspire to all the things that all young people can.

What would be the first local issue you would tackle were you to win your seat?

Our world’s climate is in crisis. Polar ice is melting, glaciers are disappearing and we’re experiencing more frequent and extreme weather events. We must act now to reduce pollution and speed up the transition to clean, renewable energy. The cost of acting early will be far less than the cost of dealing with more natural disasters and extreme weather.

Our local natural environment is also in terrible condition. Gardiners Creek and our precious Yarra are flooded with plastic pollution like shopping bags and drink containers. I will work to address the causes of this pollution by supporting measures like a container deposit scheme which have been proven to drastically reduce pollution, increase recycling and raise valuable funds for local community groups.

Rank the following five issues in order of importance (from a personal perspective, not necessarily according to party policy).

Climate change

Asylum seekers

Education

Unemployment

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Higgins federal election candidate James Harrison. Picture: Supplied

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