The Greens have made a last-minute pitch to Hunter voters, just days out from the Federal Election.
It’s considered a real possibility the minor party could hold the balance of power from the crossbench, offering confidence and supply to the next Government in the case of a hung parliament.
The party’s promising to address local issues including housing affordability, for dental to be included in medicare coverage, climate action, and a 10-year job-for-job guarantee scheme for coal workers through the energy transition.
Senate Candidate David Shoebridge says mining jobs won’t stick around, and the major parties need to prepare today.
“It’s remarkable that both other major parties seem to think that coal’s future will go on indefinitely,” Mr Shoebridge said.
“We know that’s not true, and we need politics to be honest about this, but also ensure that coal-dependent communities and coal-dependent economies have not just a lifeline, but a prosperous post-coal future.”
The party’s pushing a six percent wealth tax on billionaires, as well as a crackdown on tax avoidance and subsidies for corporations, to help fund the policies.