About Dr Alison Parkes
Dr Alison Parkes is a long time resident of the City of Melbourne, living in North Melbourne with her husband and two teenage daughters. A senior academic in the Department of Accounting at the University of Melbourne, Dr Parkes holds a PhD in Business Information Systems from the University.
Dr Parkes has over 30 years experience in accounting and financial management roles and has held senior positions in both the private and public sector, spanning management accounting, audit, and financial systems design and implementation. Dr Parkes also has considerable Not for Profit sector financial governance experience gained through pro bono and volunteer roles. She is an internationally recognised consultant, educator and researcher in the field of accounting information systems and co-authors a best-selling Australian textbook in this area.
The Melbourne by-election is this Saturday July 21st.
Introducing Green's candidate Cathy Oke:
I'm Cathy and I am passionate about our city.
I was born in North Melbourne and still live here. As a scientist, environmental educator and Melbourne City Councillor I have worked hard to keep Melbourne liveable and affordable. Now I am ready to be your progressive and independent voice in the middle of Parliament.
The old parties aren’t tackling the big issues. My vision for Melbourne will transform transport, give the community a say on development and invest in key public services like health, education and childcare.
I believe our city can lead the world in creating a clean, sustainable and innovative community for the 21st century. That is why I am asking for your vote on July 21.
Together we can make a difference.
The only way to prevent the terrible loss of life of asylum seekers at sea is to stop people getting on boats in the first place.
So if we want to stop the boats we need to give people an alternative to putting their lives in the hands of people smugglers.
Only by giving people safer pathways to a secure life will we reduce the incentive for people to take perilous journeys.
There are thousands of people languishing in camps in Indonesia who wish to seek asylum, but in the ten months to April this year Australia only granted 97 refugee visas out of Indonesia.
The Australian Greens have urged the Government to take immediate action to prevent the onward extradition of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange from Sweden to the United States.
“Mr Assange now faces a further two weeks in legal limbo as his team explores avenues to appeal the decision to extradite him to Sweden,” said Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.
“The Australian Government has turned its back on Mr Assange, despite the unprecedented action of Swedish prosecutors seeking an extradition order simply for questioning.”