Steeled for the fray

WA Greens senator Jordon Steele-John is facing a serious challenge from One Nation at the May 18 federal election.

Current polling shows the Liberal party on track to win three senate seats in WA and Labor to clinch two, that leaves The Greens, One Nation and the United Australia Party in a dog fight for the sixth and final seat.

Mr Steele-John replaced former senator Scott Ludlam in 2017 after it was revealed he had dual citizenship and was forced to resign.

“I think if we look at the disgraceful rhetoric that One Nation has been putting forward…there’s never been a more important time to think about the senate,” Mr Steele-John says.

“Think about putting that vote with the Greens so we can keep One Nation out.”

The past 18 months in the senate have been a whirlwind for Mr Steele-John: the 25-year-old has captured national attention for his animated speeches on climate change and his unwavering advocacy for disability rights.

Mr Steele-John suffers from mild cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

He was involved in securing a $527.9 million Royal Commission to study violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disabilities, and in March was named the McKinnon emerging political leader of the year.

He says the Greens will continue to influence party politics.

“The Greens will be able to negotiate with whoever wins government; to get good outcomes on policy.”

by KAVI GUPPTA

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