One of a series of spontaneous interviews sampling Greens voters and reasons for voting Green. These short videos were made to support the election campaign of Giz Watson.
Giz Watson is the lead candidate for the Greens in the South West and has been a Member of Parliament for the Greens since 1997. She has a degree in Environmental Science as well a Trade Certificate in carpentry and joinery, and a Builder's registration.
Her passion for ecology, peace and social justice led her to be a community activist for a range of causes such as protecting our forests; advocating for community housing; opposing the arms trade; and advocating for gay and lesbian rights.
In 2011, Giz was recognised amongst 100 "Women of the Century" for her work in parliament and in the gay and lesbian community, and she was inducted into the WA Women's Hall of Fame.
As early as the 1970s, Giz was active in the first direct action campaign in WA against clear felling of jarrah forests for bauxite mining. She also has been at the forefront of the campaign to prevent uranium mining in this State, twice introducing legislation to ban uranium mining into the State Parliament.
Giz's story is told in this short biography. http://greens4southwest.org.au/sites/default/files/giz%20watson%20biography.pdf
A hard-working Member of Parliament
In Parliament, Giz is the Greens' spokesperson on justice issues, defending the rule of law and civil liberties. She also chairs the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Estimates and Financial Operations which deals with matters relating to the financial administration of the State, as well as the budget estimates.
The protection of WA's remaining native forests and woodlands is a major focus in Giz's work, and she has voiced her concerns about the impact of declining rainfall on the ecological health of these systems.
She has been a strong supporter of the fight against coal mining in Margaret River and currently has a Private Member's Bill before Parliament to amend the Mining Act 1978. The Bill seeks to prevent mining leases from being granted if they do not comply with local planning schemes.
To read more about the policies for Giz's portfolio areas click on the links below, or cut and paste into your browser.
Air Pollution http://wa.greens.org.au/policies/air-pollution
Cultural Diversity http://wa.greens.org.au/policies/cultural-diversity
Forests and Woodlands http://wa.greens.org.au/policies/forests-and-woodlands
Marine and Coastal http://wa.greens.org.au/policies/marine-and-coastal
Physical Activity http://wa.greens.org.au/policies/physical-activity
Plantations, Farm Forestry and Timber Industries
Substance Use and Harm Minimisation http://wa.greens.org.au/policies/substance-use-harm-minimisation
Sustainable Economy http://wa.greens.org.au/policies/sustainable-economy-0
To read more about The Greens WA policies http://wa.greens.org.au/policies/wa
To read more about The Australian Greens policies http://greens.org.au/policies