Greens Leader Richard Di Natale visited a local medical centre with rooftop solar today, on the campaign trail with Greens candidate for Canning Dr Vanessa Rauland.
"People here have a choice: you can stick with the past and vote for Tony Abbott, or you can choose a clean, renewable, jobs-rich, pollution-free future. That's what the Greens are putting forward to the people of Canning," said Senator Di Natale.
"People here are concerned about how they're going to pay their power bills, where their kids are going to get jobs, what the future of the WA economy looks like after the mining boom.
"A strong Greens vote sends a very strong message that you want a bigger investment in health and education, and those jobs-rich industries like renewables, health services and IT. That's what I'm talking to voters of Canning about on this visit.
"Around the country, people are desperate for some leadership, for someone to step up and put aside the partisan bickering we see from Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten. Neither of them are putting forward a vision for what kind of country we want to be and how we're going to get there."
"I'll be campaigning very strongly on the issue of renewable energy in this by-election," said Dr Rauland.
"Almost half of all households in Canning are connected to solar. The people in this electorate have voted with their wallets and shown they're ready for the clean energy transformation that's good for jobs and the environment in this electorate and right around Australia.
"The Australian economy is being left behind as so many of our trading partners, like India, China and Japan transition away from dependence on our coal towards renewables.
"The thousands of FIFO workers who live in Canning are being left behind too, but this doesn't have to be the case. There are so many opportunities for people to skill up in industries like solar installation and sustainable building construction, but the Abbott government hasn't got a vision for Australia's economy," Dr Rauland said.