Tracy Burton, Greens.
Tracy Burton, Greens. Contributed

'Appalled' teacher takes aim at One Nation and Steve Dickson

THE state election could not have come at a worse time for high school teacher and Greens' Buderim candidate Tracy Burton.

She is caught up in end of year activities for her Year 12 classes who had their graduation ceremony last night and last day of school today.

Those life-defining events come first for the former nurse who switched to an arts degree equipping her first for a career in film and television before shifting to the education sector.

Born in Maryborough and having always voted Green Ms Burton joined the party recently frustrated by what she describes as the rise of One Nation, its misinformation and policies of division and regressive nature.

"These things concern me greatly," she said.

"Steve Dickson has been shamelessly pork barrelling to buy votes. We've all seen what One Nation is capable of; it would be a terrible result (for a future government) to be held over a barrel by their policies."

Ms Burton said her decision to run had been about her concerns for social justice, respect and care for the environment.

She's horrified by the prospect of the Adani coal mine going ahead and can't comprehend what she describes as the backlash against renewable energy.

"I don't understand it," Ms Burton said. "We need to look to the future and care for the future for the children.

"Here in the Sunshine Coast I just want to give (Green) supporters a voice. Our voice is here and really important because of the conservative domination.

"Sunshine Coast people are surely fed up and want to see something new."

Ms Burton said Buderim was one of the most conservative in Queensland but that she relished the chance the election gave to talk about the environment.

She said giving a voice to reason was why the Greens were running a candidate in every Sunshine Coast electorate.

"We don't want more coal mines," Ms Burton said. "We don't want discrimination against religious places of worship. Muslims should be able to build a place to pray.

"On domestic violence policy women deserve protection and not to have to face their abusers in court.

"There's a lot that appalls me about that party and is why they're last on my How to Vote card. They've also got me last. I'll be damned if I just lest them win. I'd like to put a few obstacles in the way."

HOW TO VOTE card: Burton (Greens) 1, Mackenzie (Labor) 2, Mickelberg (LNP) 3, Dickson (PHON) 4.



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