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Policies & Commentary
Susan Benedyka and Christine Richards are running for the Victorian Senate on a campaign basically in line with that of Helen Haines in Indi, who Susan agrees with on a number of points, in whose electorate she lives and with whom she has worked in the Voices for Indi campaign. Susan has a well-designed website and well-thought out policy offerings. Christine, on the other hand, is a ghost. She may or may not have a web presence, but if so, it does not mention this election. And speaking of not mentioning things, Christine is mentioned not even once on Susan’s site, despite being (according the Senate Ballot for Victoria) her running mate. So that’s a little odd.
Susan’s policies are grouped into four areas, of which the first is Climate Change. Susan supports Zali Steggall’s Climate Change Act, and wants to see it become law. She also wants “action and accountability on drought measures, rural water theft, and natural disaster responses” as well as increased funding for the CSIRO, along with more support for local and renewable energy.
She also supports Helen Haine’s version of the ICAC and a small suite of other anti-corruption laws.
Under the general heading of fairness, she’s calling for an increase in Centrelink payments, support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart , and the adoption of the Seven Pillars of Inclusion as a framework for all Parliamentary decision making. She’s generally in favour of increasing unity among Australians and making our politics less divisive.
Finally, there’s building resilience, at a national level. Benedyka would like to see more emphasis on planning for the future, both in terms of mitigating the effects of climate change and improving our disaster responses.
There is honestly nothing here I object to. My only criticism is that there is not a broader policy framework on offer. I wouldn’t suggest voting for Group T above the line, but Susan Benedyka is going to be high in my preferences. Christine Richards, on the other hand, will be lower down, unless more information emerges as to why we should vote for her.
EDIT: More information has emerged!
Thanks to diligent reader DS, Susan has provided us with some information about Christine, which you can see in the comment below. Given this, I would have little hesitation in ranking Christine quite highly on the ballot as well. In addition, Something for Cate extends its deepest sympathies to Susan Benedyka and her family, and all others grieving the loss of Susan’s mother. We can all too well imagine how you must be feeling.
Just a reminder that Maz and I lack the necessary Eurovision knowledge to choose the songs that Catherine liked to include, but we’d love to see what you suggest in the comments below 🙂