Julie Hollett’s opening comments @ the Candidates Forum Fremantle By – election Tuesday May 5, 2009 Good evening everyone, My decision to stand in this election is shaped by my life experiences, a love for God’s wisdom and my interactions with people in this city who have inspired me. Having lived in four different countries, and been exposed to a variety of cross cultural influences, my conclusion is that I am blessed to live in Australia, a nation that enjoys the benefits of strong Democratic foundations and a Christian heritage. Many important issues will be raised tonight. I won’t summarise the local newspaper headlines, but suffice to say, the words of Albert Einstein apply when he said, “The problems that we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at, when we created them.” Solutions are sometimes the responsibility of government, sometimes the responsibility of the collective community and some belong to the individual. To speak of ‘solutions’, without mentioning the moral crisis we are confronting, would be irresponsible. We are currently grappling with the consequences of an immoral corporate culture guided by greed and self‐interest. Our culture defines freedom as the absence of constraint. ‘Unleashed appetite’ in the name of freedom has led us to accumulate massive personal and collective debt. Any form of sexual appetite can be satisfied and justified by appealing to that same freedom. Absence of constraint has delivered us abortion on demand, countless decriminalization laws, and is presently demanding the right to legal suicide. These are no less a symptom of our consumptive mindset, than the ocean of debt we’re trying to ‘stimulate’ our way across. Strong communities recognise that ‘celebrated progress’ is only authentic, when every level of society benefits. The Jubilee Welfare Fund, which I direct, receives no government funding, but partners with government agencies to help Fremantle people that have fallen through the cracks. This fund was launched at Easter of 2003, when a group of people in this city put their hands in their pockets to share their finances, enabling every person living in the Fremantle area to have their backlog of utility debts paid in full. www.fremantlejubilee.asn.au If chosen to represent you in Parliament, I will work towards delivering solutions to the problems caused by drunkenness, drugs and violence and work to see justice delivered through our courts. I will insist on better palliative care for our elderly and oppose voluntary euthanasia. I will stand up for the rights of children and the unborn, and act to restore corporate and social justice. Thank you.