JODY Freeman is the Greens candidate for Brand and she believes everyone should be on an equal footing when it comes to employment opportunities.
Ms Freeman lives in Wellard and has worked in the customer service and retail industries. She said she had experienced insecure work and low pay.
“Everyone should have the same opportunities regardless of their bank balance or postcode and I want our environment to be protected for future generations,” she said.
“I grew up working in my father’s cake store and then working in the animal welfare sector.
“I know what it is like to work on the minimum wage, be underemployed, to face uncertainty of job security and barriers to accessing quality housing and medical care.”
She said it was a similar story for many Brand residents, with many people vying for limited employment.
“In my time as a retail employer and district manager, I know that here in Brand there are hundreds of people applying for a very small number of jobs,” she said.
“But the Government continues to insult people by saying that the best form of welfare is a job.
“I’ve seen the piles of application for jobs, hundreds of people applying for one position. The jobs are simply not there, yet the Government demonises those looking for work and punishes them with a Newstart rate far below the poverty line and hasn’t been increased for 25 years.
“I value a fair go and that means a fair go for everyone.
“When we have people in our own community living on payments as low as $40 a day, forcing some to live in a camp in Rockingham because they can’t afford anywhere else, how can both parties keep talking about a fair go?
“So far I haven’t seen any real commitment from either of them that gives people on the lowest incomes a fair go or goes any way to addressing poverty or income inequality.”
She chose to run as a Greens candidate through experience working for charities.
“They were trying to make a difference, but most were actually just mopping up bad government policy,” she said.
“That’s why I chose to be part of the Green movement and to be your candidate for Brand, because I know that the Greens are the only party brave enough to fix our broken system and bring real change for all of us.
“If I ran for any other party, I would need to accept corporate donations to run my campaign.
“I believe that as an MP, your job is to act only in the interest of the people you represent, not the people with the biggest cheque books.”
If elected she would like to see Brand be a leader in renewables.
“I would help in leading Brand to a smooth transition to a renewable economy, which will provide more job opportunities, cheaper power bills and less pollution,” she said.