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Issue #1616      October 30, 2013

Importance of secure employment

Daisy is a member of the Brisbane Branch of the CPA and works as a gardener in that city. She is also an active and committed trade union member. She was one of a number of delegates who took up the question of the environment. The following are extracts from her contribution:

I am attending the CPA Congress for the first time and I’d like to state that I am finding it rich in political debate. I was struck by the diverse range of people attending and feel inspired by the work that is being achieved in our branches.

I believe that one of the greatest issues facing the workers, especially young workers, is insecure employment. I see so many of our young, trying to set up their lives, taking out premature loans, living out of the bank’s pocket.

I get paid as a gardener but I work as an environmentalist. My free hours are dedicated to volunteer work in community nurseries and revegetation sites. You meet so many people dedicated to making a difference with their bare hands.

There is an extremely passionate and growing community concerned for the environment around them and taking action.

But with the superficial, under-resourced support provided by our government it’s an uphill battle to preserve species and natural areas, and even harder to prevent unplanned, non-beneficial developments.

The environment is an issue that affects each and every one of us. It’s where we live, the air we breathe, the water we drink and food we eat. We need a sustainable long-term approach to our developments and business. I believe that communism is the platform for this approach.

The Party needs to stand for more jobs in the environmental sector. We need more people planning sustainable development and our approach to running business.

We need more people on the ground in our natural areas and we need a more national, long-term approach to our energy crisis.

The people in our Party see the destructive, unequal nature of our current system and we are all committed in our own way to righting some of the injustices in this world.

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