The decision of Julian Burnside AO to join the contest for the seat of Kooyong in the upcoming federal election is very welcome. It signals how this seat is clearly under challenge and winnable by very capable candidates.
It highlights how out of touch the Liberal Party has drifted, that two passionate people see the need to stand for election on their key issues, of climate change and people seeking asylum.
They share the same goal, to knock out the Liberals. The Kooyong electorate is home to smart, decent people, who have had enough of politics as usual.
I have long shared Mr Burnside’s concerns for the treatment of refugees in Australia’s inhumane and expensive offshore detention camps.
I also share Mr Burnside’s desire for a more just society. Australia and Kooyong deserve better.
I welcome Mr Burnside to the campaign and look forward to seeing him campaigning and meeting the voters of Kooyong, as I have been doing over the past several weeks.
We will work together across the campaign to ensure representation of Kooyong is better aligned with the concerns of our electorate.