Benjamin Arcioni

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"I was born and raised in the Illawarra, spending the first few years of my life in Dapto and my school years living on the shores of Lake Illawarra in Lake Heights. I attended St Francis Xavier’s primary school (now closed), then Smith’s Hill High School and the University of Wollongong. My parents worked at St Mary’s and Edmund Rice, so education is a big part of my life.

"After studying at the University of Wollongone for a Bachelor of Arts and a postgraduate diploma in psychology, in 2016 I started a PhD on motion sickness in Virtual Reality. Virtual Reality is becoming a part of education and training programs, and I want to work on making the experience a good one.

"I have worked in mental health education with MindBlank, a national organisation focused on helping young people. We need to support our education providers. With a stronger focus on education at all levels we can have a stronger economy with better jobs for all.

"I also worked on Nauru with the Salvation Army, providing humanitarian services to the detainees. I know firsthand what we are doing to the people trapped in those camps, and how we are failing them. I am ashamed of the actions of our government. I worked with the Strategic Community Assistance for Refugee Families (SCARF) group on a project helping young people in the Illawarra. I want our multicultural society to once again be proud of how we treat people who come here.

"I see new and existing technology as a solution to many of our problems, as long as it is applied effectively. We have the technology to fix the problems we are facing. Solar and wind power, as well as pumped hydro and battery storage, can deliver elecriticity more cheaply than coal. We can also improve power distribution so that we don’t lose as much energy in transporting it along the poles and wires.

"Through reducing our use of fossil fuels and moving away from things like single use plastics, we can improve our lives while keeping all the things that make Wollongong beautiful, like our beaches, Lake Illawarra, and the Escarpment.

"We need to support our education providers. With a stronger focus on education at all levels we can have a stronger economy with better jobs for all.

"The Greens focus on the four pillars of Ecological Sustainability, Social Justice, Peace and Nonviolence, and Grassroots Democracy. I’m proud to be a member of a party that is focused on the future, and making a better world for all of us. If we all work together, we can do this."

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