As the election draws closer, we are starting to see and hear more about the various political party policies, ideas and promises. This week we got in on more of the political action and had a great chat with Jaime De Loma-Osorio Ricon. Jaime is the Greens candidate for Broadmeadows in the upcoming Victorian state election. Regular listeners will probably know that Jaime is one of regular hosts of the show, however this week the tables were turned and Jaime was a guest on the show and subject to the tough interrogating interview style of Environmentality. Again, regular listeners will know that this is far from the truth as our interviews are casual and relaxed and this week was no different.
Jaime, like many politicians is very passionate about his work and this came across strongly during our chat this week. We discussed the important issues facing the Broadmeadows electorate including unemployment, public transport, education and health as well as some broader Victorian and Federal issues such as climate change, east-west link, renewable energy and we even touched on foreign policy.
Although it may seem that we diverted away from the usual environmental theme of the show on some of the topics during the show, I would like to point out that many of these issues are actually linked to the environment and it was great to hear many of these links being expressed and explored. If you missed the show, you can listen here.
Jaime has just released a YouTube video to launch his campaign, take a look here and let us know what you think in the comments below. You can also follow Jaime on twitter using @jaimeloma.
Jaime will also be taking part in a debate for the seat of Broadmeadows with other candidates including current Labor member and candidate Frank McGuire at John Fawkner College on the 11th November. See here for more details.
Earlier this week, the ABC launched its online Vote Compass tool which allows users to determine where they stand in the Victorian political landscape. The tool uses your answers to a set of simple multiple choice questions and provides a full analysis for you to review. Have and go and suggest it to all your friends and you never know, you may find that your usual preferred political party does not stack up with your personal views.
Some other useful links:
Latest unemployment figures from the Broadmeadows electorate - Herald Sun article
Victorian Election Environmental Expert Policy Review - The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) and RMIT University are hosting a panel of renowned environmental practitioners to review the environment policies offered by the major political parties.
Don't miss next week, we will be talking with ReNew magazine editor Robyn Deed about the current Issue 129.
Music Tracks from this week:
Painted Black by The Rolling Stones
I See Fire by Ed Sheeran