Over recent months, I’ve enjoyed engaging with local voters about the issue of climate change. I’ve held two community forums* specifically on the issue of climate change. My regular mobile offices bring the conversation to you – whether you’re in Dickson or Belconnen, Civic or Charnwood. This week, I sent a postcard out to all the whole electorate asking for people’s views, and am enjoying reading through the first batch of responses. Today, I was out with my team doorknocking the suburbs of Gungahlin, discussing the issue face-to-face with local residents.
Overall, the message has been positive. In a soundbite era, my sense is that many people are looking for a style of politics that allows us to get past fear-mongering and slogans, dismiss the common myths about carbon pricing, and talk about the optimistic low-carbon future that is the goal of the package.
If you’ve got views on climate change and putting a price on carbon pollution, I’d love to hear from you. Give me a call (6247 4396), drop me an email (andrew.leigh.mp at aph.gov.au), or come along to one of my community events. For example, on Saturday 27 August, I’ll be holding my third community forum that’s specifically focused on climate change. The venue is Majura Hall, Rosevear St, Dickson, and it’ll run from 10-11.30am.
I look forward to continuing the conversation.
Update: Here’s a video wrapping up the forum.