7 April, 2022
Greens candidate for Parkes
Trish Frail has announced that she will be running in the upcoming federal election as the Greens candidate for Parkes.
Ms Frail is a Ngemba woman born and bred
in Brewarrina. She has local government experience as
a councillor at Brewarrina Shire Council as well as running
a cafe serving healthy food with a native twist.
Frail says the issues she is campaigning on will be as
Ms Frail knows dental health can be a major
issue in western NSW and as part of the Greens party
policy she wants dental health to be covered under
Medicare. She knows of many who have to go to the
hospital because they can’t afford a dentist and struggle
with their teeth.
“We do need oral health under
Medicare,” she says.
She also wants to help make sure
little communities like Goodooga aren’t left without any
doctors in town. Ms Frail knows lack of transportation
often means people can’t travel to another town to see a
doctor so “they just stay and suffer in pain”.
Women and family:
Ms Frail wants to do more to
help tackle issues of domestic violence, as well as the
discrimination against women in employment. Ms Frail
says women earn 14 per cent less than men in the same
“We work as hard as the men, then we go home
and we continue to work for love.”
Ms Frail says the fact that the country
has been through “the most horrific drought and now
these floods” all relate back to issues of climate. She
believes we need to transition towards an economy centred
around renewable energy.
While she knows people
care about the jobs in fossil fuel industries, she wants to
emphasise that “there are the same amount of jobs in
renewable energy. You just have to start working
towards it”. She wants to work with communities, businesses,
and homes to help them in the transition to
Ms Frail says supporting local businesses
is key to keeping people in regional areas and local
shires operating. She wants to help locals explore ways
to start their own businesses or if already open, stay in
business. With her own cafe she not only uses native
foods but has also expanded to selling the artwork,
soaps and candles of different local women.
Social justice for First Nations:
Ms Frail says deaths
in custody need to be addressed. She says royal commission
recommendations are still being totally disregarded.
She says we need to work out how can we overcome
services and police from disregarding First
Nations people when they have them in custody.
Ms Frail believes “we need houses to be
built suitable for the climate and suitable for the
region”. She doesn’t want to see houses which might be
suitable for Sydney being built in the area, only to fall
apart in ten years.
She wants to make sure there is also
enough housing for everyone in the regions. She highlights
housing is an interrelated issue with domestic violence
as she says often victims of domestic violence will
stay where they are because there’s nowhere for them to
Ms Frail says she wants change for Parkes. “I’m here for everybody,” she said.