A newly-elected Greens MP has used his first speech to parliament to criticise the major parties, political establishment, mega corporations and billionaires.
Max Chandler-Mather was part of the so-called Queensland “greenslide”, and made history as the first Greens candidate elected for the seat of Griffith, covering the inner southern suburbs of Brisbane.
In his first speech to parliament on Monday he said the influence of big corporations on Capital Hill was “abundantly clear”.
“The major parties have proved willing to accept enormous human and environmental costs in order to serve the interests of big corporations and billionaires, such is their power over this place,” he said.
“Eighty-nine per cent of this parliament supported spending $224 billion to give every politician and billionaire an extra $9000 a year in the form of the stage three tax cuts, but apparently bringing dental into Medicare is too expensive.”
Australian politics had dulled voters senses and made injustices seem normal and reasonable, Mr Chandler-Mather said.
“The sense that politics and politicians in general are completely disconnected from the lives of everyday people was a sentiment shared by almost everyone I spoke to during this campaign,” he said.
Mr Chandler-Mather called out the way MPs swear allegiance to the Queen during the opening of parliament and how politicians can vote on policies that benefit party donors.
The Greens resonated with voters at the federal election because they represented the interests of the community not the self, he said.