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The Tasmanian Greens have announced Dr Rosalie Woodruff, a globally renowned epidemiologist, as the Greens’ candidate for Franklin at the upcoming federal election.

The Australian Greens leader Christine Milne launched Dr Woodruff’s campaign this morning.

“Rosalie has worked for over a decade at the national and international level as an epidemiologist addressing the impacts of climate change,” Senator Milne said.

“Since moving to Tasmania, she has been making her mark by advocating solutions to community issues,” Senator Milne said.

“She is a warm and intelligent person who works hard on solving the community and environmental problems in her region.”

Dr Woodruff said she believed Franklin voters were ready to elect a Green into the Federal Parliament.

“I want a future for Franklin that’s rich – in all the meanings of the word,” Dr Woodruff said.

“That means investing in education, preventive health and green jobs. It’s time to stop talking and start acting on these issues now.”

Dr Woodruff said long-term transport and energy issues would take centre stage in her campaign.

“Tasmania has a huge opportunity to advance a clean energy future through energy reform, renewable energy and energy efficiency. This should not just be high end and high cost. It’s our chance to take advantage of existing skills already in the community,” she said.

“Tasmania needs to jump into the future and develop an electric car conversion industry – we can’t afford to wait for car companies to trickle out new release production electric cars,” Dr Woodruff said.

“Tasmanians sent $620 million dollars out of the state for petrol last year. Fuel costs are predicted to double in the next decade. Every dollar we reduce from that amount is a dollar that stays in Tasmania for something else,” she said.

“Electric cars will make transport costs cheaper for many people in my electorate who have to drive long distances every day. It will create new jobs with a minimum investment in training, and make a huge impact on our greenhouse gas emissions.”

Rosalie (47) is a local government member for the Huon Valley. She has previously owned a building business with her partner Paul Gibson. Rosalie and Paul live in Cygnet with their two school-aged children. She is actively involved in the local public school, and in campaigning to protect the marine environment.