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!