The Blue Mountains Greens announced Blackheath resident Terry Morgan as their candidate to contest the seat of Macquarie at the next federal election.
Mr Morgan is an educator who has taught in primary and secondary schools with significant periods spent in remote Aboriginal communities. More recently, he has lectured in universities and adult education colleges
He now teaches Indigenous students at Western Sydney University.
“I am passionate about the fair and equitable funding of schools, TAFE and universities,” he said. “I joined The Greens because their policies on education, social justice and the environment are truly progressive.”
Mr Morgan said that residents of the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury deserve a representative in the Federal Parliament who put their interests first.
“Unlike Labor and the Liberals, the Greens do not accept donations from developers and big corporations, so we are able to represent ordinary people without fear or favour.
“Living in the beautiful Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is a great privilege, and it must be protected from inappropriate development.”
Mr Morgan said the proposed Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek is a significant threat to the World Heritage listing of the Greater Blue Mountains area , as well as to the amenity of Mountains residents.
“The Greens policy is that High Speed Rail can provide the service and the jobs, without the massive overload of noise and pollution of a second airport.
“It will also create regional development along the rail line while a second airport will only continue to concentrate development in Greater Sydney. “
Mr Morgan said that current and previous governments have not been serious about tackling climate change “This is made clear by our shameful ranking at the Paris climate conference as the third worst performing nation on addressing the issue, with only Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia scoring lower.
“Climate change is the biggest threat to our survival, and to the biosphere, in all human history. If elected as the Member for Macquarie, I will work to ensure that Australia plays its part to protect our living planet for future generations.