“My grandfather and mentor, Nugget Coombs advocated for social and political change in the 1960s and 1970s that are relevant again today. His vision for a prosperous and united Australia through understanding and shared consciousness is in reach if we take action at the 2019 election.” Susan Moylan Coombs
SUSAN'S POSITION STATEMENT Federal Independent Candidate for Warringah 2019
Susan Moylan-Coombs has been a Warringah resident for more than 50 years. She was raised in Harbord (now Freshwater), and raised her family in the Killarney Heights area, where she currently lives.
Susan shares the same concerns as many Warringah residents about the electorate’s unique environment and the direction of Australia as a nation:
Energy and Environment
Lower electricity prices are achievable with renewable energy.
Climate change is linked to our use of energy, and specifically fossil fuels. To achieve a sustainable environment for the generations to come, we need to move away from our addiction to fossil fuels and on to sustainable renewable energy, such as solar and wind.
Renewable energy is now the cheapest form of electricity in Australia. Like all Australians, Warringah residents want lower electricity costs now and in the long term. To achieve this, our natural abundance solar and wind must be core components of Australia’s electricity generation.
Cheap renewable energy should be equally available to every Australian household. With battery technology progressing daily, the issue of renewables’ lack of base load is solved, as we can now generate, store and consume energy for wide distribution.
I do not support the use of nuclear energy in Australia, as its waste disposal remains a serious concern. Nor do I believe nuclear is a necessary alternative, given the amount of sun and wind we can harvest.
Similarly, I do not support fracking or the use of coal seam gas as an energy source for Australians. Coal seam gas causes damage to water tables and farmland. With our abundance of sun and wind, Australia can transition to significant renewable energy production and consumption for its electricity needs.
Economics and Infrastructure
People Profit Planet must be measured equally and together.
I support a country with values that enhance social equity.
Our economy’s obsession with GDP and economic indicators needs to be balanced with socially relevant and environmentally sustainable indicators for government leaders to use in their decision-making.
Australia can be competitive by measuring profit and gain equally across Environment, Social and Financial values, known as the Triple Bottom Line.
In the future, I would like businesses of all sizes to equally consider these three pillars together when making economic decisions. All economic decisions produce social, environmental and financial costs, and elected representatives should therefore measure potential outcomes in gain or loss with these three values in mind.
Economic development in Australia and Warringah alike, needs to be considered through the prism of holistically sustainable benefits.
A United Australia
We will achieve Nationhood when we are united as Australians.
When we can find the Unity in our community then we have a real opportunity to explore what unites us.
We need to listen to all the unheard voices; young, old, migrant, refugee and Indigenous.
Indigenous affairs are a core part of Australia’s affairs and we should recognise this essential part of our culture as such. Until we unite as one, we will continue governing for ‘them and us’.
It is time to address the unfinished business with our Indigenous population in Australia and heal together, to become a nation of the 21st Century.
We have more than 80,000 years of Indigenous experience in Australia to draw upon to create a sustainable, modern Australia offering a prosperous future for all.
Protecting public broadcasting
Australia’s cultural growth depends on freedom in creativity and story-telling.
I believe that the ABC, SBS and NITV must remain as impartial broadcasters, with full funding.
I will support the preservation of our national broadcasters. On behalf of all Australians who depend on the ABC, SBS and NITV for entertainment, information and education, I will defend their charters and independence. I will ensure our public broadcasters are supported financially and culturally, to continue producing the highest quality information when and where it is needed, free of commercial interests.
Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption
Making government, government departments and politicians answerable for their conduct. We need an anti-corruption agency that has independence to ensure it is capable of addressing issues of corruption in the highest levels of government in this land. A Federal ICAC also needs to be able to hold public hearings, which are the only way to guarantee public confidence in the process.
The ‘Beaches Link’ Tunnel
A State Government responsibility.
The road tunnel from Balgowlah to the approach of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a project currently under management by the Roads and Maritime Services, which is a State government organisation.
Studies have been underway for some time into the feasibility of the ‘Beaches Link’ tunnel, with almost half a billion dollars of public money spent on the project by the NSW State Government so far.
New to the concept of this road solution in 2019 is the northern beaches ‘link’ as part of a dual road project, along with the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel. The two proposed road tunnels will form an almost seamless direct route from Western Sydney to the northern beaches.
While it is the case that the Federal government is responsible for road infrastructure of a particular type, such as building and maintaining freeways, most other roads and their ongoing maintenance fall under the management of local government for minor roads, and the State government for major infrastructure, such as the ‘Beaches Link’ tunnel.
However, as a Warringah resident well aware of our increasing local traffic congestion and the inadequacy of the electorate’s public transport services to deter drivers from using their cars, the construction of a multi-billion-dollar tunnel here is of course a personal concern and interest of mine, just as it is for my local community.
My hopes for the State government’s 2019 northern beaches tunnel assessment are for its consideration of the following impacts on the Manly and Warringah electorates:
Preservation of urban green space and replacement of any lost open space through land acquisition where possible.
Increasing air pollution in residential areas and the impact of stack exhaust on the health of vulnerable residents, eg. children, the elderly and those with asthma and similar chronic conditions.
Minimised harm to the delicate marine and water ecosystems.
Potential for additional high-density residential development to be required to make the tunnel profitable.
Potential for more road users to result from the increased road capacity and a reduction in public transport use as a result.
Erosion of neighbourhoods amenity and reduction in the quality of established communities near the tunnel’s entry/exit.
The net gain or loss in CBD journey time balanced with the tunnel’s cost to the northern beaches driver, in perpetuity.
Increased cost of living expenses for northern beaches residents, as per the M4 Motorway in Western Sydney.
Projected toll increases and any likely creation of new tolls on existing toll-free northern beaches roads, to fund tunnel expenses or cost blow-outs.
Assurances of contracted financial and project management for tunnel completion on-time and to-budget with no public cost.