Top reasons for Liberal and Greens voters to vote 1 Oliver Yates
Yesterday the Greens were boasting they can win in Kooyong. Today the Libs are claiming they are safe. Kooyong could be caught sleeping at the ballot box. This is an election wakeup call. Kooyong wants to replace Frydenberg, but most voters don’t understand how to make sure this happens.
Voters will need to vote strategically. The Oliver Yates candidacy has been grassroots community campaign for climate action, but we could still end up just redelivering Josh Frydenberg or otherwise parachuting in a human rights lawyer who replaced a pre-selected Greens candidate at the last minute.
This is a call to action to ensure we do remove Frydenberg and deliver someone with a genuine climate change conscience, who can drive a commercial approach to climate change action, bring real life experience to our parliament and will help manage the economy in the transition to a cleaner environment. Kooyong is not a typical Greens seat, so electing the best candidate to serve this community is vital.
Top ten reasons to Vote 1 Yates:
There are lots of great reasons to vote 1 Yates this election.
1. Real climate change action.
No one in Australia understands the economics of climate change better than Oliver Yates. The Greens are concerned about climate change but are not a party of business. The Liberal Party simply won’t take any meaningful action on climate change. Oliver Yates is a powerful and effective communicator on climate change. And goodness knows we need someone who not only breathes climate change as a major issue, he understands how to address it and bring the Australian public on the journey. If elected, Oliver will be a powerful force in overcoming the spin, misinformation and self-interest of political parties that have stifled real action on climate change.
2. Oliver is passionate but pragmatic.
With the balance of power in the senate, the minor parties have previously had chances to help deliver action on climate change, but sometimes ideology tends to override pragmatism in their contribution to the debate. We can’t let policy perfection and an unwillingness to compromise, be the enemy of the good when it comes to the urgency in addressing climate change. Our environment cannot afford to squander any further opportunities to start real and urgent action. A strong, experienced, independent member of parliament can help bring an end to the decade long climate wars that all three major parties have contributed to.
3. Business Experience.
If you want an experienced business person who understands how the economy can prosper in a transition to a cleaner environment, Oliver Yates is highly qualified. He is the only candidate in Kooyong that combines passion with vision and a business track record to properly address climate change. Oliver Yates’ business experience around climate change includes helping Macquarie Bank develop its environmental investment strategy, serving as the inaugural head of the government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation, personal investment in renewable energy projects, as well as experience in carbon markets, energy transmission, decarbonisation pathways, and avoided land degradation and deforestation projects all around the world. This real-life experience will be vital in developing sensible policies for the transition to a low carbon economy.
4. Political experience.
Oliver has had a lifetime’s involvement politics, having grown up in a political family. His father was a Liberal MP and Oliver started campaigning with his father since the age of 10. Politics is in Oliver’s blood and with his experience, intellect and passion, he will be an enormous asset in our parliament. He understands how to remove the political roadblocks and cut through the personality politics in Canberra, to ensure Australia can address the challenges of the 21st century. Oliver has already demonstrated his credentials in managing political complexities, when he prevented the abolition of the CEFC by working with all sides of politics, including the Greens, other minor parties and independents.
5. Vision for a renewable energy superpower.
Oliver Yates has the roadmap to make Australia an economic energy superpower in renewable energy, He can explain to the public what is possible for our clean energy future. He has a vision for how Australia, with its abundance of natural assets can be a renewable energy superpower in the transition to a low carbon economy, with new industries, technologies and exports, all driven by access to cheap and plentiful renewable energy.
6. Independent decision process.
As an independent, Oliver Yates can work with all parties to achieve an outcome. For example, at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, he stood up to the Liberal government and worked closely with Labor, Greens and cross benchers to ensure the agency’s survival from abolition. Under Oliver, the CEFC then went on to invest billions in renewable energy projects, all delivering a profit to the Australian taxpayer. Addressing climate change requires us all to urgently work together to bring an end to the climate wars. Climate change should be beyond politics. The Liberal Party has proven they are more interested in putting their parties’ interests ahead of achieving climate change outcomes. By electing Oliver Yates, Kooyong would have a strong independent, who can call out economic spin and other lies pushed by the government, the opposition or minor parties. Other parties are seen as too self-interested and focused on partisan point scoring. We need to rebuild trust in our politics by electing honest brokers to parliament, who can speak across the party divide.
7. An independent voice that is truly representative, not the voice of a political party.
He will truly represent Kooyong, not a political party. Oliver can stand on principles and truly represent his electorate. He will not be shackled by a political party, its donors or its factions. Oliver Yates has integrity. His allegiance will be only to the people of Kooyong. If elected, he will establish a Committee for Kooyong where issues can be raised and discussed, and Oliver will then advocate for them in Canberra. He will adopt a straight analytical view to policy. There is no gain to be had for the Kooyong community by playing party politics.
8. Oliver has the best chance of defeating Josh Frydenberg if people vote strategically.
The people of Kooyong are sick of the chaos in this government, inaction on climate change and being taken for granted in Kooyong. They want to see Mr Frydenberg removed. Voting strategically for Yates first, and either the Greens or Labor second, will see the will of the people upheld.
Many moderate Liberals with a climate conscience will also vote for Oliver Yates and will likely give their next preference to Josh Frydenberg. With such a loaded ticket, it will be important to maximise the Yates primary vote to protect many of the Yates second preference votes from spilling back to the Liberals. If traditional Greens and Labor voters don’t vote 1 Yates and 2 Burnside or 2 Labor, in a coordinated effort to remove Josh Frydenberg, then Oliver could be eliminated and many of the Yates second preference votes will spill back to Frydenberg and Josh will win.
To remove Josh Frydenberg, voting 1 Yates and then 2 Burnside or 2 Labor is the best chance of removing the Liberals. Even if Oliver Yates is removed, your second vote will still carry full weight. In effect, by voting 1 Yates it is an insurance policy to maximise the impact of your vote in various circumstances.
9. Oliver is a fiscal conservative with a social conscience.
Some might say, a fiscally conservative Green. He understands how to drive a healthy environment whilst maintaining a strong, sustainable economy. Moderate Liberals and Greens in Kooyong will be an integral part of his ongoing team if he wins. Oliver Yates will represent the whole community, not just another political party.
10. Oliver has a very cute poodle, called Peanut.
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