Via the Glen Innes Examiner -
Glen Innes high school teacher Mercurius Goldstein has filed resignation papers with the NSW Department of Education in order to contest the 2016 Federal election as the Greens candidate in the seat of New England.
"I am fully committed to working with the people and communities of New England as we spread the message to transition away from fossil fuels, fairly fund public schools and TAFE, and to maintain local jobs though our local livestock industry,” Mr Goldstein said.
"I have known all along that campaigning for New England would require this level of commitment, ever since my preselection was announced at AgQuip in Gunnedah last August.
"It's a sign of how nervous Barnaby Joyce's supporters are that some would seek to knock out the Greens candidate on a technicality, instead of debating the policy issues with me."
Mr Goldstein said he welcomed the heightened level of interest in the Greens campaign for New England, and trusts that it will continue.
“I will be campaigning to keep local councils strong through a referendum proposal, to protect water infrastructure from privatisation, and to ensure that farmland throughout New England would be kept free from coal and CSG mining."