Federal Election 2013: Victorian Candidate

Greg Raines is an Australian Democrats Senate Candidate for Victoria and a passionate voice for stronger accountability in the Federal parliament. Greg came to the Australian Democrats because it was the only party with policies that care for people, the environment and sound economic principle. Since taking up an active role in politics Greg has worked passionately on issues including mental health, workplace relations, migrant rights, economic sustainability, law reform and protecting Australia’s precious biotechnology and medical research industry.

An Australian Democrats spokesperson on Workplace Relations and Biotechnology, Greg will lead opposition in Canberra against attempts to water down our employment laws, while also protecting Australia’s high value biotechnology industry. With a background working in forensic audit, health economics and employment law, Greg has brought a strong compliance and accountability focus to the Australian Democrats team contesting this election.

Greg has been a leading voice against the attempts of supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths to be permitted to open pharmacies within their stores. Besides the initial cost saving argument similarly used for their ‘supermarket petrol model’, there are very serious compelling reasons why supermarkets should not be involved in the health market. Forecasting shows very little cost saving along term for the consumer, while the add-on impact to our biotech and medical research industry will be devastating as the supermarket giants wield their power on such a significant industry to Australia’s continued prosperity.

Greg believes that biotechnology and medical research is a key industry that Australia must focus on for continued economic growth as we move away from reliance on our mining sector. To capitalise on this unique opportunity, we need well designed policies that encourage the full economic benefits of this high value industry, from basic research and development (R&D) to full scale manufacturing.

Greg has also backed diverse initiatives to ensure better opportunities and protections for migrant and indigenous Australians in the workplace. He is particularly proud of the human rights work he has performed overseas and is an advocate for treating refugees with compassion and for respecting our international legal obligations.

Greg grew up in Melbourne, attended Monash University, and is currently Managing Director at Thornton Tucker & Associates, continuing his commitment to ‘Employment Justice for all Australians’. His professional emphasis is on human rights, combating discrimination and protecting employee rights.