A message from Adam:
Melbourne, thank you.
I am proud to have been re-elected for a fourth time as the Member for Melbourne. It is such a privilege to represent this wonderful, diverse and creative electorate.
Thank you to the people of Melbourne for voting to stop climate breakdown, for choosing equality and hope over division and fear. In an election that has left a lot of people worried about the fate of our country, the people of Melbourne have spoken loudly.
Since first being elected in Melbourne we have stood up against the racist right and instead celebrated our multiculturalism. We have fought governments who cut single parent payments or attacked public housing residents and instead demanded that big corporations pay their fair share of tax. We have fought against the torture of refugees, reminding everyone that without ‘boat people’ our city wouldn’t be the amazing place it is. We have fought for an economy based on our creativity, not on wrecking the planet.
We have led the way. And even in very dark times, we have reminded the rest of the country that a different way is possible.
The conservatives and the neo-liberals may have won this battle—they have installed their coal-hugging, trickle-down loving Prime Minister for another three years. The government that he leads will try and maintain a system where inequality rises, global warming gets worse and racism flourishes. They will try to preserve the system that is destroying people and planet. They may have won this battle, but they will not win this war.
I still firmly believe that Melbourne’s values can keep leading the country. We will build an unstoppable movement that will tackle the climate emergency. We will arrest and reverse spiralling inequality. We will welcome refugees, not banish them. We will wind back the privatisation of our essential services. We will have a large-scale build of new public and social housing so everyone has a place to call their own. We will change the system so that those who are just keeping their heads above water can instead live a life of dignity and security. We will demand a country for the many, not the few.
If you have a heavy heart at the national election result, take a moment to hug your friends and family, spend time in your favourite place or just remind yourself what really matters.
Then let’s come out swinging. There is so much work to be done.
I hope you can join me in the fight to make our country more equal and our climate safe.
- Shared by Team Ellen