I am a First Nations activist, poet and playwright from the Kunja Clan of the Bidjara Peoples of south-west Queensland.
As a health and safety trainer in the construction sector, I have seen enormous numbers of blue-collar and white-collar jobs destroyed in Geelong in the past 10 years. Geelong will be hard-hit by the closure of Ford in 2017. The government should be prepared to take over the factory and use it to make trains, trams and buses, or other necessary goods. We should not allow these jobs to be destroyed. Jobs can be created by building public infrastructure.
Successive federal and state governments have allowed our health, education and public transport systems to run down. This is why successive federal governments cut corporate taxes, so they can say that there isn’t enough revenue for the government to provide services. They can find $50 million for a Royal Commission into the unions to discover very little, while refusing to hold a Royal Commission into the well documented crimes of the Big Banks.
I have been an active unionist for more than 20 years and joined my first union as a high school student.
I am a descendant of the Guringai, Gadigal, Wiradjuri and Dharug peoples of NSW. I have a PhD in Management from the University of Newcastle where I am a full-time staff member.
I am a crane operator and I have worked in the building industry for three decades.
I have been a socialist activist since the early 1970s, after I radicalised around war, race and class issues after my family migrated to Australia from Malaysia.
I live and work as a nurse in Fremantle. I am actively involved in the campaign against the Perth Freight Link project and anti-racism campaigns.
Kamala Emanuel is a women’s health doctor and a mother. She is a passionate feminist who campaigns for abortion rights and against violence against women.
I am a construction worker and climate campaigner in the seat of Wills.
Séamus Doherty was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and emigrated to Australia as a plumber in 1974.
As a health and safety trainer in the construction sector, I have seen enormous numbers of blue-collar and white-collar jobs destroyed in Geelong in the past 10 years.
Farida Iqbal is active in the campaign to save the Safe Schools program. She is an active campaigner for equal marriage rights and has been involved in the Queer movement since 2003.