FEDERAL ELECTION 2022 Fairfax: Profile - Tash Poole
Name: Tash Poole
Current occupation: Strategic Relationship Manager
Party: Animal Justice Party
Where do you live? Buderim
1 Finish this sentence. Voters should elect me because ...?
Animals need a voice in the Australian Parliament. No other party has sufficient policies to protect the beloved animals that call the Sunshine Coast home and the environment that we are so blessed to have on our doorstep.
A positive change for animals can only be achieved alongside the protection of the environment and the progression of social justice. I will represent the community of Fairfax with honesty, transparency, and kindness and lead our region into the future.
2 Cost of living pressures are being felt across your electorate with CPI at 5.1% and interest rates likely to continue rising. What will you do to ease those pressures?
There is an enormous opportunity to do good in our current economic system by changing the government’s spending priorities.
For instance, in 2020-21, Australian federal and state governments provided a total of $10.3 billion worth of spending and tax breaks to assist fossil fuel industries; and only 25% of the regulatory burden involved in live exports was covered by industry, meaning the community covered 75% of the bill.
The AJP believes that animal agribusiness and other industries exploiting animals or nature should not be financially supported by governments, but should themselves be taxed to reflect the harm they cause, such as land clearing and greenhouse gas emissions.
All this money could be reinvested to create a new, more sustainable economy that can support our electorate with the current cost of living pressures.
3 Many people in your electorate have been affected by the housing and rental crisis. What will you do to address this issue in your electorate in the short and long term?
It's a complex problem, that has had devastating impacts on residents of the Sunshine Coast and my heart aches for those who are struggling to have a roof over their heads.
When I look back on the past few years, it makes me wonder who was watching this crisis unfold and what was being done to counteract it? As part of our plan for a kinder, stronger economy that supports everyone, not the few that are benefiting from this housing market, we will appoint a Future Generations Commissioner.
This means that our community and everyone who calls the Sunshine Coast home will be considered in decisions that have long-term economic, social, and environmental impacts. I don’t know about you, but I am sick of millions of dollars being spent on band-aid fixes.
4 As the population grows in your electorate, critical infrastructure will be crucial. What vital projects will you push for in your electorate?
The heavy rail project has my backing and I will make sure that the animals who call that corridor home are prioritized in the planning and execution of this major project.
Our federal road projects are ongoing and I would like to make sure that the safety of drivers and animals is addressed within these projects. Since 2018, The Sunshine Coast has seen 1000% increase in macropod fatalities which is devastating our population of kangaroos in the region.
All critical infrastructure projects, including clean energy and housing, are needed to support our growing electorate. I will represent our community and advocate for animals, people and our planet so we can live in harmony from now and into the future.
5 If elected, what is the key issue you will champion in parliament?
I have some BIG GOALS and we will move fast. The lack of representation for animals has caused a major backlog, but the first item on my agenda will be to ban live export.
Once this is accomplished, it will be my priority to work with whoever forms the government to begin action on climate change, biodiversity, and habitat loss, and transition to a sustainable economy for animals, people, and the planet.