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Greens renew focus on economy and regional Australia: Di Natale

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Richard Di Natale 16 Apr 2012

Greens renew focus on economy and regional Australia: Di Natale

Greens Senator for Victoria, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that he saw a bright future ahead for the Greens under the new leadership team.

“Bob Brown is a giant of Australian politics who leaves behind a rich and remarkable legacy. It was an honour to work alongside him and he will be missed – but the Greens are bigger than just one person,” said Senator Di Natale.

“The philosophy of the Greens is an idea, whose time has come. Under the leadership of Christine Milne and Adam Bandt I am confident that the Greens will continue to go from strength to strength.

“I welcome Senator Milne’s renewed focus on the economy. Responsible economic management means making decisions for economic reasons and not for mere political imperatives. And we are the only party who has the economic settings to fund things that the community needs, such as a national Denticare scheme, which is my number one priority in the health portfolio.

“She is also right to say that the economy must be viewed a means, not an end in its own right. Words like growth, productivity and flexibility are meaningless if the average person has to work three jobs just to make ends meet. We need to think about what sort of outcomes we want, as a society, and to use economic levers to help us achieve those outcomes.

“I also welcome a renewed focus on building relationships with regional and rural Australia. I live on a small farm in regional Victoria and my office is based in Geelong so it is something that I live every day.

We have more in common with regional Australians on issues such as food security, mining exploration and the importance of biodiversity than any other party. The National party stopped being a genuine voice for regional Australia long ago and like Senator Milne I believe the Greens can fill that void.”

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