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“Australian politics is in an appalling state at present. It has become mired in issues that shouldn’t be politicised: asylum seekers, climate change and same-sex marriage are just three major issues that have been taken by the current Government and distorted for political gain.
Matters that are of major national importance are being kept secret from the public — the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is being negotiated with disturbing secrecy, and the Government hides behind “national security” to avoid answering difficult questions about the extent of surveillance in Australia. We have a Government that is proving itself to be both reckless and self-serving.”
Melanie has lived close to the Griffith electorate for close to a decade, at New Farm, in inner-city Brisbane. Currently working for a prominent company in the Australian media landscape, she has an extensive background in the industry, having studied communications, editing and publishing. She has long been an activist on many social issues including environmental protection, animal welfare, women’s issues and opposition to war and nuclear proliferation. She ran for the Senate in Queensland in 2013, securing 0.5% of the vote for the Pirate Party.
As the Pirate Party candidate for Griffith, Melanie is committed to raising awareness of civil and digital liberties, and helping to guide Australians towards a future that is free and inclusive for all — not just a few. She hopes to offer strong representation for those seeking change in the areas of free culture, government transparency, participatory democracy and civil liberties.
- Defend civil liberties and digital rights,
- Promote innovation in Australian industry,
- Strengthen and improve Australia’s education system,
- Treat asylum seekers with dignity,
- Introduce marriage equality,
- Enforce greater government transparency,
- Fight against secrecy in trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement,
- Reform copyright and patents for a fairer system, and
- Much, much more!