Video includes my keynote speech, short-notice address, and Q&A session.
Here is the preselection forum video from Sydney last Saturday, in which I had a chance to outline key priorities as an MLC, including the Carbon-Neutral NSW strategic campaign, and maintaining strong public services for NSW regions and cities.
Video includes my keynote speech, short-notice address, and Q&A session.
The best part of any preselection surely is the chance to see how well candidates can work in the field with unscripted parliamentary, electoral and campaigning work.
For people who like to hold candidates up to the microscope, I can offer these following three authentic work samples:
The 2016 New England Campaign Diary is a complete record of all campaign activity, events and media.
This campaign was 100% volunteer-powered and locally-funded.
I am immensely grateful to the team of volunteers who committed themselves to Greens issues in a tough campaign.
We were outspent 99-1 by Team Barnaby and Team Tony Windsor, yet managed to maintain a spotlight on the Greens throughout the campaign.
The attached catalogue details the 46+ campaign events and 180+ media articles for the New England Greens during the campaign
Whatever the result today, win, lose or draw, you will be able to sleep well knowing that you voted Green to save TAFE, to secure Australia's farming future, fund sustainable agriculture, support local livestock, end live exports, fund rural schools, hospitals, aged care, family shelters, community legal centres and arts programs.
You will know that you've been part of a movement to save our civilisation from itself -- to switch to 100% renewable power and a carbon-neutral economy -- so that we can continue to grow food, drink water, and love our natural world around us.
In 2016 in New England, here's just some of what it took to make that happen...
Campaign events attended: 46
Kms driven: 8007
Media releases: 24
Newspaper articles: 96
Radio interviews: 43
TV News appearances: 17
Candidate Coreflutes displayed: 250
Booths staffed: 25+
Visits by Greens MPs: 4
Number of vehicles passing our roadside billboards: 90,000 (approx)
How-to-vote cards handed out: 13,000
Leaflets distributed: 19,750
Number of random abusive comments from passers-by: 2 (only)!!
Number of pre-poll days staffed: 34
New A-frames purpose-built: 23
Most retweets for a single tweet: 84
Some of the thanks were given out yesterday, but I'm sure many of you are aware that two people in particular travelled most of those 8,007km right alongside the candidate -- Campaign Manager Carol Sparks (whom Barnaby praises below in the SBS video link, just watch it :) -- and Tony Grant, photographer extraordinaire, who ensured that more people than ever understand how and why we do what we do.
Then again we've had some absolute pre-poll stalwarts and booth-builders who have endured the stress and worry of ensuring people going into booths have a reminder to vote Greens -- Abi Sparks, Lucretia Grant, Badja Sparks, Steve Knott, Dora Koops, Peter O'Donohue, Pat Schultz, Ben Wynn, Bev Smiles, Bev Atkinson, Pete WIlls & Darrell Priest.
Not to mention New England Armidale/Tamworth Convenor Elizabeth O'Hara who organised three of the most significant events of the campaign -- our April tour of the region & launch with with Michael Osborne, the environmental book launch with Senator Lee Rhiannon, and the New England's memorial to John Kaye.
It's been an absolute honour to be your Greens candidate in New England for 2016. I look forward to celebrating the results with you in the days and months ahead as we continue to paint New England Green.
Day 55: There’ll be a full campaign wrap tomorrow, with all the vital statistics and reasons why we’re voting Green on Saturday.
So as we get down to decision time, today’s post is to thank all the dozens and dozens of volunteers around New England who have made this incredible campaign possible.
Greens have really made an impression in this election, and I think New England voters appreciate the fact that the Greens campaign focused on issues and policies, not a personal slanging match.
More people than ever are voting Greens in New England for a strong public TAFE system, fair Gonski schools funding, rural healthcare and mental health, and a secure farming future for Australia through sustainable agriculture, protecting the Liverpool Plains from coal mines and CSG, supporting the local livestock industry, and switching to 100% renewable energy to limit dangerous global warming.
The New England volunteers themselves are the backbone of this campaign, and I’ll get to them in just a moment — but first, I’d also like to acknowledge a few people from outside the region who have also made a huge difference.
First to our current, former (and future!) Greens MPs who leant their support by touring with us on the campaign trail: Senator Lee Rhiannon, Dr Bob Brown, Dr Richard Di Natale & Michael Osborne for the Senate. It was also great to join rallies in Sydney earlier this year and march with our future Greens MPs Jim Casey, Dawn Walker - Greens and Sylvie Ellsmore.
Also a shout-out to our stout regional and non-metro campaigners with whom we swapped war stories and help boost morale when things got tough: Tamara Kurtz in Eden-Monaro, Matt Parmeter in Parkes, Kudra Falla-Ricketts in Page, Carol Vernon in Cowper, Julie Lyford in Lyne, Abigail Boyd in Dobell, Jane Oakley for the Senate & Dr Amanda Cohn - Greens for Farrer .
And although NSW Greens and other Parliamentary rules quite rightly mean they couldn’t be involved with our campaign, I’d like to thank our NSW Greens MPs for doing their jobs so well and thereby making it easier to be a Greens candidate in the country — and for their personal messages of support and encouragement to me individually: Jeremy Buckingham, David Shoebridge, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Jan Barham, Jamie Parker, Jenny Leong and Tamara Smith, MP. I will also continue to be guided always by the wisdom and counsel of the late Dr John Kaye.
I’ll also write separately to the fabulous Greens NSW office staff and Election Committee Co-ordinator James Ryan and regional organiser De Brierley Newton for their incredible expertise and professionalism in securing all the campaign resources & collateral we needed.
So now to the lynchpin of it all — New England, where there is just a phenomenal group of people from Aberdeen to Tenterfield who gave freely of their time, energy and resources to help put this incredible show together. I will single out a few for special mention tomorrow, but meanwhile, here’s just a few of the amazing people who made it all happen….so thanks to:
Abi, Adam, Adele, Aileen, Allan, Alec, Amanda, Anais, Andrew, Andy, Badja, Bar, Blaise, Ben, Bev S, Bev A, Brett, Bruce, Carol, Chris F, Chris N, Christine, Darrell, Deborah, Denise, Dora, Dorothy, Elizabeth, Felicity, Fiona, Gail, Gigha, Heather, Heni, Iain, Jamaica, Jennifer, Joe, Karen, Kathy, Keleni, Kelly, Kirsten, Louise, Lisa, Lucretia, Marie, Michael F, Michael M, Myra, Neil, Nicci, Pat, Patsy, Pete, Peter, Rachael, Richelle, Rick, Rob, Robert, Robin & Robin, Roger, Ruth, Sebastian, Sewa, Sonia, Stefan, Steve, Tamasin, Terry, Tim, Tom, Tony G, Tony L, Wendy & Von.
If you put up a coreflute, letterboxed, waved a sign, donated, organised an event, made phone calls, had a conversation, set up a booth, handed out on pre-poll or polling day, posted your support online, tweeted — just thank you, thank you, thank you!
(PS If you’re looking for your name and can’t find it, please let me know — there’s such a huge Greens family now to remember!)
Looking forward to a big Green dawn across New England!
The day Greens took to the streets in solidarity with meat workers, seafarers, and activists from Animals Australia, united to see an end to live exports and a return to a strong domestic livestock industry in New England and regional Australia.
Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon made the trip to lend her political authority to the rally and what it means for the future of young people around New England.
There have been 150 meatworks close around Queensland and regional NSW in the last 30 years, with the loss of 40,000 direct and indirect jobs in transport, processing and packaging.
Meanwhile cattle and sheep are shipped overseas in the appalling live exports trade, the cruelty of which continues to be exposed.
Greens have always been prepared to take on the difficult political issues that other parties shy away from. We've endured hostility and ridicule in years past for supporting policies that are now part of the political mainstream -- marriage equality, medicinal cannabis, 100% renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions. We've been heckled and laughed at for years for things that are now (or soon will be) the law of the land.
We're ready to keep fighting for a fairer, more sustainable Australia. Your vote on Saturday will help make it happen.
I must say these Billionaires for Barnaby have got it all worked out.I asked them if they were worried about losing nurses from aged care facilities under Lib-Nats government, and they told me they have their own private nurse -- (and who doesn't!)
I asked them if they were worried about their TAFE disappearing, and they told me they own a private college and got LOTS of money from the government to run it!
I asked them if they were bothered about farms being ripped up for coal mines and CSG wells, and they told me 'let them eat coal!'.
You don't have to be a billionaire to vote Nationals -- but it sure helps the billionaires if you do.
In today's *Tamworth* newspaper...
Glen Innes Examiner video-reports its lead story with 'Bob Brown backs Merc'
"I've met Merc before, he's a great candidate for the Greens, particularly impressive. He'd be the best thing going for New England were he to be elected."
So, a reasonably good start to the day! :D