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Wentworth Candidate Watch: Dominic WY Kanak


Dominic Why Kanak is a Greens councillor on the Waverley Council. Dominic was born on Yuwibara Country, Mackay, Queensland, is Torres Strait (Erub) and South Sea Islander (Epi) and is a proud TI grandfather of a Murri-Yorta-Yorta Family. Education + Experience

  • Mr Wy Kanak is a paralegal, law student, Native Title Consultant (NTC), and has been Honorary NTC for Rockdale and District Landscape Heritage Committee (RDLHC), and past Executive Committee Convenor of the Indigenous Working Group of the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW Branch).

  • Mr Wy Kanak is a Member of the Management Committee for the NSW Reconciliation Council and a former Director on the Board of Tranby Aboriginal College, as well as Vice President of the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network.

  • In 1993, Mr Wy Kanak was NSW Commonwealth Education Coordinator for United Nations International Year for the World's Indigenous  Peoples.

  • Mr Wy Kanak was first elected in September 1999 and was Deputy Mayor 2017-2019, 2007-2008. He has co-chaired Waverley Council's Multicultural Advisory Committee, and as the Mayor's nominee, chaired the Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Committee (ERLGATSI Forum) on behalf of Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick, Bayside (amalgamated Botany Bay, Rockdale), City of Sydney and Inner West (amalgamated Leichhardt, Marrickville, Ashfield) Councils.

House of Representatives or Senate? Dominic is standing for election in the House of Representatives (lower house), for the seat of Wentworth in the 2022 federal election.


Party or Independent? Dominic 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 Dominic go to the The Greens here

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