LACHLAN Slade has kicked off his election campaign with an official launch at The Capital and a visit to Centrelink.
Mr Slade outlined his vision for Bendigo to about 40 party members yesterday before visiting Centrelink to spruik the Greens’ policy of welfare increases.
He said he hoped the party would win the Bendigo seat by 2033 or be the second party contesting the seat. “We want to see greater investment in solar energy and solar farms,” he said.
“We want better care for people on Newstart, Youth Allowance and single parent payments to make sure the most vulnerable people in our community are actually looked after and cared for.
“We also want a better deal for people with a disability and a better deal for people seeking asylum in Australia and in Bendigo, and we’re also wanting to put a lot more effort into agriculture.”
Mr Slade said the party supported $50 a week increases to Newstart and Youth Allowance, and $90 to single parent payments.
He said the Greens supported universal dental care by 2033.