Greens reveal candidates
THE Greens have announced their candidates for the federal seats of Cowper and Page.
Jeff Johnson has been endorsed as the party’s Page candidate and Dominic King as the Cowper candidate.
Mr Johnson, a councillor on Ballina Shire Council, described himself as a passionate climate-change activist who had worked hard since being elected to the council to “successfully advance a number of important initiatives”.
“I’m also honoured to have now been chosen by members of the Ballina, Northern Rivers, and Clarence Greens to represent them as candidate in the seat of Page at this year’s federal election,” he said.
“I’m determined to bring the same leadership skills, commitment to serving the community and positive focus to federal politics that I’ve demonstrated in my time as a councillor.”
Cr Johnson said he was standing for the federal election in order to play an active role in the national debate about issues affecting the future of our region, country and planet, and to support the Greens NSW Senate candidate, current State upper house MP Lee Rhiannon.
“A vote for the Greens sends a clear message to the Coalition and Labor parties that people want action on climate change,” he said.
“Climate change is an issue of the gravest importance, and what we’ve seen from old parties is that the Greens are the only party which stands firm in its commitment to genuine action.
“The Greens proposal for an interim carbon tax now provides the only way forward (on climate change).
“A tax on carbon will drive investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
“The green economy is rich in jobs and future prosperity, and currently Australia isn’t capitalising on this growing market. “I’m also concerned about cost-of-living pressures on pensioners and low-income earners, and I strongly support investment in developing a sustainable transport network in our region.”
Mr Johnson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Cross University and was elected as the first Greens member of Ballina Shire Council in 2008.
A press release announcing Cowper Greens candidate Dominic King described him as an articulate and energetic candidate with an excellent knowledge of local issues.
He said he was he was ready to take on his two major rivals for the seat.
Married to a registered nurse, with two young daughters, Dominic works at a local high school teaching geography and running the environment program.
He is also involved in a pilot youth program, bringing organic farming skills to students who are struggling to engage in standard school programs.
“I look forward to representing The Greens at the Federal election and believe we are the only party that is serious about trying to find a balance between the environmental challenges we face in the future and sustainable economic growth,” he said.
“The Greens have extensive policies in all areas of the economy, and people I talk to are looking for a genuine alternative to the two major parties.
“I feel the people of Cowper want economic safeguards following the global financial crisis, guaranteed health services, jobs that they know are sustainable into the future and protection for the environment which drew them to this area.”