Posted by admin on November 9, 2009
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has today announced the Greens’ Queensland Senate team, headed by environmental lawyer Larissa Waters, and the Greens candidate for Brisbane, former Senator Andrew Bartlett.
“We will campaign strongly to win a Greens’ Senate seat in Queensland. Larissa will make a fine addition to our team in the Senate. When the Nationals and the Liberals tried to block the economic stimulus in the Senate, the Greens succeeded in negotiating better outcomes, saving tens of thousands of jobs in Queensland. Because of the Greens, millions of dollars are now being invested in Queensland heritage, bikeways and other local job creation projects.”
“I’m delighted that former Democrats leader Andrew Bartlett will be the Greens candidate for the very green seat of Brisbane. Andrew’s experience and huge knowledge of Queensland will give voters in Brisbane a real alternative to the old parties,” Senator Brown said.
Mr Bartlett said: “The Greens are a genuine threat in a number of House of Representative seats at next year’s election. We need to take the fight up to the major parties in as many seats as possible to force better policies and genuine debate on vital issues like climate change, underemployment, housing affordability, human rights, accountability and sensible economic management.”
Ms Waters said: “As a Greens Senator for Queensland, I would bring a long term view which is beholden to the planet, not the big end of town. I’ll stand up for the Reef, our rivers, our forests and coastal areas, and to represent Queenslanders who want real action on climate change and a just and sustainable future.”
Larissa Waters leads an all-female Senate ticket with candidates Libby Connors from regional Queensland and Jenny Stirling from North Queensland.by