Hillary Morris is the Greens candidate for the Robertson electorate. She’s lived on the Central Coast since 1984 and was elected a councillor to Gosford City Council in 2012. In May this year, it was announced that Gosford and Wyong City Councils would be amalgamated into a combined Central Coast Council.
She believes that her work as a council member has given her an “understanding of how government and governance works” and has proven her ability to organise and lead. Hillary Morris works in administration at local legal firm and is co-owner of a commercial premise in Gosford.
She started in politics after protesting a proposal for a sand mine in her town of Somersby. It was going to be built behind a primary school and the community feared for the health and safety of their kids. She felt that the Greens were the only party to listen to and care about the community.
“That’s when my passion for community and politics was born,” she said. She has now been a member of the Greens for over eight years.
As an avid environmentalist, Morris thinks climate change is the most important issue for her in this election as she wants to ensure “there’s a sustainable future for my children, and their children”.
Hillary Morris says she knows what the electorate needs and "understands the complexities the residents of Robertson face concerning employment, transport, affordable housing, and infrastructure funding".
Her plan is to tackle the high unemployment rate in the region by focusing on education and working to reinstate the Wyong and Gosford TAFE funding that was cut in recent years, acknowledging that it is an important alternative pathway. She also supports doing away with HECS to ensure that new graduates don’t start their lives in debt.
In a recent interview, she lamented the fall in the world rankings of Australian universities. She argues there is a need to teach our students skills such as critical thinking.
“We need to raise that standard. We are a country of clever people.”
As for jobs, she believes that funding innovative start-ups, eco-tourism and the manufacturing of parts used in renewable energy, is the key to creating more employment opportunities in Robertson. Morris says that Australians are innovative and “$5000 can go a long way for a start-up”.
Hillary Morris believes that “we can be a great nation and turn this ship around.”
On the controversial issue of same-sex marriage, Morris “firmly believe[s] same-sex couples should have the choice to legally marry”.