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Wentworth Candidate Watch: David Shoebridge


David Shoebridge is a Greens MP in the NSW Parliament, serving in the State’s Legislative Council (Upper House) since September 2010. Education + Experience

Bachelor of Arts (in 1993) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (in 1995) at the University of Sydney.

Mr Shoebridge started his professional career as an associate to Justice Eric Baker of the Family Court of Australia (from March 1996 to March 1998). Shoebridge was admitted as a lawyer in 1998 and was admitted to the NSW Bar in 2003.

Mr Shoebridge was elected to Woollahra Municipal Council in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. He was Deputy Mayor in 2004-2005.

He was an executive of the Local Government Association from 2008 to 2010 and an executive of the Holdsworth Community Centre in Woollahra from 2004 to 2008.

He was Convenor of the Greens NSW from August 2008 to August 2010. 

David has had multiple parliamentary positions during his time in the Legislative Council and amongst other committee roles currently chairs the Parliament's Public Accountability Committee House of Representatives or Senate? David will be running as a candidate for the federal Senate (upper house) in the 2022 general election and will lead The Greens’ Senate ticket.

The next Senate election must be held by 21 May 2022. Unlike members of the House of Representatives, Senators are usually elected for 6-year terms, with half of the Senate seats up for election at each federal election. NSW has been allocated 12 federal Senate seats, with 6 of them being contested at this coming election.

Party or Independent? David will run for The Greens Party.

Position on Issues?

The Greens policies:

  • Climate action: invest in sustainable infrastructure – from renewables to high-speed rail; create a Nature Fund and a stronger environmental watchdog

  • Economy & jobs: end government handouts to billionaires and big corporations, like the fossil fuel industry; a national jobs and income guarantee for all; raise the rate of JobSeeker

  • Tax: put in place a new Corporate Super-Profits Tax of 40% on big corporations earning over $100m annually (calculated differently for mining and non-mining corporates); an annual extra 6% wealth tax on billionaires; crackdown on multinational tax avoidance

  • Housing: build one million homes and increase renters’ rights

  • Health: include dental and mental healthcare in Medicare; invest in aged care and NDIS

  • Education and childcare: free childcare and access to early childhood education; free public schools, TAFE & university

  • First nations: a  treaty  with First Nations people

  • Refugees: increase to foreign aid and protect refugees

For more information on David, visit The Greens here

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