Where does Zali stand on...
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These FAQs are listed alphabetically and provided in response to queries from people in Warringah. If your topic isn’t addressed, please email me
Funding must be restored to the ABC to ensure it remains independent and continues to play a role in public debate and community support in Australia and our region.
The ABC plays an essential role in public debate and democracy in Australia. It is much loved and respected by Australians as a high quality, trusted and independent source of news and current affairs, entertainment and information.
Polls show that more than 80% of Australians agree that the ABC provides a valuable service to the community. The ABC tells Australian stories and produces quality Australian content that reflects both community diversity and community needs. Australians - both young and old - rely on ABC online, radio and television to inform, entertain and educate without political and commercial influence.
Despite the importance of the ABC to our community and culture, funding cuts have resulted in hundreds of job losses, axing of programs such as Lateline, Catalyst and statewide 7.30 Reports, a reduction in Australian TV drama production and closure of ABC local radio newsrooms. This cannot continue. For more detail see Zali's integrity policy here.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander voice in The Constitution
Establishing a First Nations Voice in The Constitution is the next step in building a more unified and reconciled nation, giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples the ability to have direct input into the development of policy and legislation that affects them and improve socioeconomic outcomes while retaining cultural legitimacy in their communities.
All is still not equal. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience widespread socioeconomic disadvantage and health inequality. They have a shorter life expectancy than non-indigenous Australians and indigenous young people are 24 times as likely than non-indigenous young people to be in detention. This has to change.
By establishing a first nation voice, Australia would follow in the footsteps of Canada, South Africa, Finland and Germany, who have instituted indigenous representative bodies to give their First Nations peoples the ability to have self-determination and the notion of ‘free, prior and informed consent’ as laid out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
I believe this would mark a new era of understanding and stability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and I am committed to seeing this happen. For further information see Zali's equality policy here.
Arts and culture
The Arts have sustained us through the COVID-19 pandemic. We have enjoyed Australian shows, art, music, film, and documentaries on those long days in lockdown. Some of which have been made right here in Warringah.
The Arts are integral for our wellbeing and critical for a flourishing society. They tell our stories and propagate our culture. I therefore support a thriving arts community in Warringah. Importantly, almost one in ten of Warringah’s workforce is employed in cultural or creative occupations. These are jobs that we need to safeguard.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the Arts. In Warringah pubs were closed, theatres were quiet, and galleries were empty. And the current Government’s approach has not helped with lacklustre financial supports offered which were distributed in an inequitable manner.
I will continue to advocate for more targeted and generous support for the Arts, especially smaller businesses and artists.
Beaches Link Tunnel
I am committed to ensuring the outcome is the best possible long-term solution for Warringah.
As a resident of North Balgowlah who used to travel into the city for work, I understand the issue of traffic congestion. The B-Line has been a great success at reducing congestion and we can build on this with the Beaches Link tunnel.
However, people want the tunnel done right. This means provisions for clean public transport through the tunnel. It also means ensuring the state government thoroughly mitigates the environmental, social and health impacts.
People nearing the end of their natural lives should be treated with respect and dignity and be able to make their own choices. If we are going to change our laws, we need a framework with safeguards and strict processes that ensure people’s safety.
I commit to reversing the downward trend in our aid budget, with an emphasis on targeted aid in the Pacific and Asia to maintain our moral authority and serve Australia’s security and national interests.
Aid programs help reduce poverty and transform people’s lives by providing access to education, healthcare, clean water and food.
Live Animal Exports
I believe it is our moral and ethical responsibility to bring an end to live animal exports.
The science on heat stress and associated issues in the live animal trade is clear, showing the devastating impact on these animals.
Zali previously stood alongside Independent Andrew Wilkie MP and the leader of the Greens Adam Bandt MP, as they attempted to halt the Al Kuwait ship and called on the Government to develop a plan to shut down the practice for good. Please read Zali’s full statement here.
On 7 December 2020 Zali also seconded a motion by Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, to introduce the Live Animal Export Prohibition (Ending Cruelty) Bill 2020. Please see the transcript here. This Bill seeks to permanently ban the export of live animals for slaughter from 1 July 2023, and puts in place steps to ensure that, in the interim, live animals are treated humanely after they are exported.
Northern Beaches Hospital
As the independent MP for Warringah I am advocating for increased transparency and better outcomes for staff and patients.
Northern Beaches Hospital caters for over 256,000 people who were previously serviced by Mona Vale and Manly Hospitals. The hospital’s significance to the community cannot be understated.
When it opened in October 2018, there were numerous issues highlighted by staff and patients - understaffing, medical supply and equipment shortages, a lack of outpatient services formerly available at Mona Vale and Manly Hospitals, and unreasonable waiting times. Improvements are being made but COVID has put further pressure on the already stretched staff, we must continue modernise healthcare - see Modern Health Policy for further details. For further information see Zali's health policy here.
Offshore Drilling & Testing
I believe our future lies in clean energy and technology, so I oppose new gas and oil extraction projects, including offshore and in the Great Australian Bight and PEP11. They are too risky for our environment, locally and globally.
NSW’s beaches and coastal areas should be protected to ensure their long-term conservation. The proposal for Asset Energy to conduct 3D seismic testing for gas exploration poses a threat to marine life, commercial and recreational fishing, and eco-tourism and should not be approved. It does not have community support. For further information see Zali's local environment policy here.
As an athlete I am anti-drugs, but as a parent, I believe no one can underestimate the impact of peer pressure, and we need measures to save lives. Most medical professionals and the Australian Medical Association back a trial of pill testing to save lives and I support this view.
Immigration needs to be managed in an orderly and measured way to ensure population levels can be sustainably supported, in step with infrastructure, transport, housing and investment.
With population growth, more pressure is put on our natural environment due to urbanisation, pollution and biodiversity loss. Population increases must be aligned with monitoring and long-term sustainability of our natural environment.
I believe we must treat our refugees humanely and fairly, and foster a future that maintains strong border protection while developing more cooperation with our region to create clearer resettlement options. People should not have to risk their lives making dangerous journeys across seas or sit for 9+ years in detention.
The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees defines a refugee as a person who is outside their country of nationality or habitual residence, has a well-founded fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion, and is unable or unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of that country, or to return there, for fear of persecution.
We need a greater focus on asylum seekers arriving by air. The number of asylum seekers arriving by plane grew to more than 27,000 in 2017-18, compared to the 18,365 asylum seekers who arrived by boat at the peak of the refugee crisis in 2012-2013. Since 2013-14, more than 64,000 people have come to Australia by plane and applied for a protection visa.
For further detail see Zali's equality policy here.
Solar Panels and Wind Farms in Warringah
For the record, I have solar panels on my house, I drive an electric car and I do not support wind farms along Warringah’s beachfront.
My personal commitment to climate change is demonstrated by my running for Federal Parliament and serving as the Federal Member for Warringah. It’s unfortunate that such an important issue as the climate crisis is trivialised by some and reduced to my personal use of solar panels, the car I drive and a joke petition to put windmills on Manly beach.
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