Fremantle candidates debate the hot topics ahead of election

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CLIMATE change, the economy, social issues and youth futures were discussed passionately at the Fremantle candidates debate on Wednesday night.

Janietia Knapp from Western Australia Party, Labor’s Josh Wilson , Brett Weary from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, Sam Wainwright from Socialist Alternative and Jesse Hutchinson from the Greens were in attendance.

Fatima Lever from United Australia Party and Nicole Robbins from the Liberals declined to attend, while Laetisia Mulder said she was unable to attend due to work commitments.

Climate change was one of the main issues raised by the audience, including the question ‘is climate change an emergency and how would the candidate’s party act to address it’.

Mr Hutchinson said he agreed the world was facing a climate emergency and the Greens had a policy to phase out coal by 2030.

Mr Wainwright also agreed and said they had policy to transition to a net zero economy, while Mr Weary said climate change was evolutionary and having worked outdoors for 37 years that the climate hasn’t really changed.

Current member Mr Wilson also agreed, stating Labor’s policy was to have 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

Ms Knapp said climate change was happening and that it had a big effect on the land, saying she wants any government to work with the Indigenous people to fix the land.

Another big topic on the night was the disengagement and distrust in politicians and how to fix such an issue.

Mr Hutchinson agreed with the mistrust and said he believed it was linked to corporate donations and Mr Wainwright said he would take the average median wage if elected and encourage a 50 per cent quota for women in Australian parliament.

Mr Weary said One Nation listened to every Australian citizen and wanted to put a freeze on politicians’ wages, while Mr Wilson said he wanted to lead by example by being open and accessible and that he was happy to be judged on his work ethic and record.

Ms Knapp said it was important to tax big business more.

The Federal Election is on May 18.