Why politics matters

Green politics is powered by people! It gives me so many reasons to stand up and make a difference!!

I love where I live and the people in the east of Victoria.

I love its mountains, hills, long coastline, communities & people.

I don’t know when this love affair started, but it was probably there from the beginning.  I have photos of me as a toddler on the beach at The Prom.  And more photos of me in the back of mum’s ruck sack up in the high country (no kiddie carriers in the 60s – it was the ol’ Mountain Mule then!)

Green politics came later, but grew out of a love for the wild places in this part of our land. I campaigned to save the precious, diverse, old-growth forests of the Rodger and Yalmy in East Gippsland. I learnt community campaigning and empowerment from the campaigners returning from the Franklin campaign.  I got involved in the Greens.  I stood for election – three times now (2010, 2014 and 2015, a by-election).  Each time it has been a privelege.

I believe in our communities and their future.

I also believe that it is our job as Greens to be the people who ‘tell it like it is’.  I offer up these blogs as a humble contribution to that body of truth-telling.

Andrea Millsom

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Prisons

Matthew 11:28 didn’t say: “Give me your poor and dispossessed, your marginalised and abused…and we will put them in prison.”  But that is precisely what we do.

Prison populations all around Australia are jumping.  We have more people in prison now than at any time in the last twenty years, and have leapt 40% in the last 5 years.  That’s shameful. But there is more.

The latest ABS stats, released today, say that if you are a black man in Australia, you are ten times more likely to be incarcerated than a white man.

Over a quarter of the prison population is indigenous.  And yet only 0.6% of our population in Victoria is indigenous people.  In my part of Victoria, Gippsland, it is now a rite of passage for young indigenous men to go through the prison system: this is where they meet their tribe.  This is where they become men.

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Corrective Services, June Quarter, 2017 http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4512.0

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