Kooyong Votes Climate

The political landscape has been changed in Kooyong!

Congratulations to the new Member for Kooyong – Dr Monique Ryan

In a stunning upset, with climate the top vote-determining issue, the independent challenger Dr Monique Ryan displaced the Liberal heir apparent, Josh Frydenberg. According to the ABC, the Treasurer’s primary vote dropped 6.3% to 42.9%. Due to strategic voting Greens and Labor votes fell – Dr Ryan won the seat with a positive swing (and primary vote) of 41.5%.

Lighter Footprints supported local climate alliance KCCA in running a Vote Climate campaign. Climate action was framed around financial, economic and health benefits.

Dr Monique Ryan answering constitutent questions at the Kooyong Candidate Forum

There is a huge mood for change in Kooyong

On the back of a strong candidate field and community campaign, the Liberal vote dropped below 50% in 2019, the first time since 1972.

The Liberal incumbent faced a serious challenge – mid campaign polling suggesting the seat was very much in play.

Australia needs to move away from coal and gas

At this moment in history we have a strategic opportunity to support Dr Monique Ryan in shifting Australia towards clean energy and rapid climate action.

Lighter Footprints in conjunction with KCCA ran a full scale Vote Climate campaign in Kooyong.

Activities included:

  • Street conversations on Saturday mornings and some week day mornings
  • A campaign launch at the Marwal Centre in March
  • Multiple rounds of letter-dropping including a Candidate Forum and climate spin flyers, and the Candidate Scorecard right across Kooyong
  • A Candidate Forum with the incumbent represented by an empty chair, and Alex Currell from the VCAN Scorecard Development Committee explaining LNP climate and integrity policies.
  • Frydo Fridays continued with May’s being billed, prophetically, as the last one ever.
  • KCCA coordinated staffing pre-poll and polling day booths for scorecard delivery.


Kooyong campaign: clean energy – transforming manufacturing and exports. 


Why invest in clean economy?

  • We have abundant renewable resources and could be the “low cost energy producer of the world”Prof Ross Garnaut
  • 395,000 clean export jobs and $89 billion in new trade through to 2040 with stronger clean energy exports investment – EY/WWF Clean Energy Exports report
  • A threefold jobs increase compared to spending on fossil fuel projects – 2020 Ernst & Young report
  • Doubling renewables jobs by 2025 with strong policy settings – Clean Energy at Work report

Renewables and storage will reduce the cost of energy and increase jobs

  • Annual household savings of $5000 from moving from all-electric homes and cars, A modest investment in the next 5 years ($12b) would reap over $300bn savings through to 2035 – Rewiring Australia’s Castles and Cars report
  • Solar and wind continue to be cheapest form of new power generation in Australia – CSIRO GenCost 2021 report
  • A gas-free home is safer for our families. It’s time to move to cleaner, affordable electric appliances. Download our Making the Shift brochure with links here
Rewiring Australia - Cummulative Investment and Savings from Accelerated Electrification

A problem – our politicians are stuck on coal and gas

Even though Australia has world leading solar and wind resources, and massive potential for renewables-led exports, our government still is promoting gas expansion with over 100 fossil fuel projects in the pipeline with a total emissions potential equal to an eye-watering 5% of global industrial emissions.

  • Incoming Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen so far has refused to increase Labor’s inadequate 43% by 2030 target.
  • Following the science would suggest emissions reduction targets of 75% by 2030.
  • Accelerating climate action would set Australia up to be a clean energy superpower, transforming manufacturing and exports.

Time is running out. The rest of the world has got the message and is moving fast.

We don’t want to be left behind.

We have to shift our politics!


Kooyong Candidate Scorecard climate conversations accelerate the climate vote
Local climate action Glen Iris Alison Wright Voting Climate

Vote Climate Neighbours Project

Vote Climate Neighbours project - accelerate the climate vote

Why are local people voting climate?

Check out our Vote Climate Neighbours page here.

Here are some local stories!

  • Alison Wright is working for better climate leadership
  • Ray Peck says we already have the technology – we just need political will
  • Jackie Yowell wants to avoid leaving a legacy of destruction for future generations
  • Mick Nolan wants to accelerate clean energy
  • Annie Nihill is focusing on hope, with collaborative climate action

Further Information

Kooyong Climate Change Alliance

Lighter Footprints is a member of KCCA which works with allies to run Vote Climate campaigns at local, State and Federal elections.

Lighter Footprints


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