Patrick McGinlay will be The Greens’ candidate for the seat of Eden-Monaro at the next federal election.
The news was announced on Wednesday, October 3, following a membership pre-selection.
Currently a sitting Eurobodalla Shire councillor he has management experience in all three tiers of government: federal, state and local.
He also has experience in the private sector, including several years in self-employment with his own consultancy business.
In terms of broader education, Mr McGinlay has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Australian National University, including a major in Political Science.
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He also recently gained qualifications and experience as a personal care worker in the aged care sector.
Mr McGinlay said The Greens aimed to help create a better future for all Australians.
“Economic inequality in Australia has been growing for decades,” he said.
“We pride ourselves on being the country of the ‘fair go’. But increasingly, our society is not as fair for some as it is for others.
“We must also put a greater value on our natural environment to protect the ecosystems that allow our communities to thrive in the longer term.”
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He said as The Greens were a grassroots democratic party, he was keen to connect with the diverse communities within the Eden-Monaro electorate before the campaign got underway, to gain a thorough understanding of different local perspectives.
“The Greens recognise that it’s the younger generation’s education, jobs and health at stake if we don’t start taking a longer-term view of our society and our environment and seriously addressing climate change,” he said.
“Young people are essential to our democracy, yet too often seem disillusioned by the political process.
“Their voices make a difference. I personally, and The Greens, strongly encourage them to register on the electoral roll and to vote for a sustainable and fairer future.”