Dirk Kelly - South Metropolitan

Dirk Kelly is a husband, father, activist and software developer. He works against the rising tide of systemic injustice through online and in-person activism.

For a decade Dirk experienced life as a skilled immigrant worker in New York: high rent, unjust labour laws and the unaffordable private healthcare system. He returned to Australia with his wife for the greater support and protection it provides. While the COVID-19 crisis has shown that this is true, it’s also shown us that Australian governments also serve big business and not working people.

As a night-shift remote worker, supporting his family and saving for an uncertain future, Dirk says, “I deeply understand the dreadful feeling of disconnection from both your job as well your family and social life in a society in which we have to take whatever work we can get.”

Dirk added, “Socialist Alliance is the only voice in this election that directly challenges the logic of the capitalist system that always seeks to maximise growth and profits at the expense of people's lives and the environment.”

Dirk explained one of the Socialist Alliance key policies,

“We support an immediate increase in the iron ore levy from 25 cents to $5 per tonne. The National Party was hammered by Labor, Liberal and the mining barons when they proposed it last election, yet it was one of their few policies we actually welcomed. It’s time to take back the wealth and use it to help fund services, infrastructure and environmental repair. For us this is a stepping stone towards bringing the industry under democratic public ownership so as to achieve lasting wealth redistribution.

Dirk added, “The Liberal and Labor Parties' complete disregard for life and land has devastating consequences for indigenous people, refugees, immigrants, the elderly and working families. This is a direct result of a political system captured by wealth. The people must take back their political power and in doing so also take back the wealth they produce with their labour everyday.”

 

What we stand for

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

  • Treaty
  • Real land rights
  • Full implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
  • Independent investigatory Body for Police and Prison Guard Crimes
Housing is a Human Right

Housing is a Human Right

  • 30,000 new public housing dwellings in four years
  • Expand public housing stock by buying out defaulting mortgage holders and allowing them to stay as tenants
  • Ban no-fault evictions for private tenants
  • Peg private residential rent increases to CPI
  • Private residential rentals left vacant for more than 12 months to be compulsorily managed by the Housing Authority
Climate Justice Now

Climate Justice Now

  • WA to be net zero emissions within 10 years
  • Require 100% carbon offsets by the gas industry immediately
  • No new gas projects (onshore or offshore), phase out existing gas industry. Ban fracking
  • Metronet for the south west: Murdoch to Fremantle, Cockburn Central to Fremantle
Take Back the Wealth

Take Back the Wealth

  • $5/tonne iron ore royalty levy
  • Increase gas royalty payment
Save Freo Port
Save Freo Port

Save Freo Port

  • Put freight on rail, eliminate empty running by trucks, incentivise off-peak truck movements and electric trucks
  • Build the Freo Wind Farm
  • No PPP port in Kwinana