Posted by Jim on July 26, 2010
I attended the Queensland launch of the Greens campaign in a crowded function room at The Summit Restaurant at Mt Coot-tha on Sunday with Campaign Manager Bob Borsellino. The Green’s candidate for Ryan, Sandra Bayley, also welcomed supporters and members. She was followed by the Green’s Senate lead candidate Larissa Waters.
The launch was welcomed to country by elder, Maroochy, who performed a stunning welcome song.
Bob Brown electrified the room by addressing the issues of the campaign and outlining the contribution to government made by the Greens in the life of the last Parliament. In a nice reference to the leaders debate, which locked out the Leader of the Greens, he said that in the case of the Labor and Liberal leaders, “three’s a crowd”. He illustrated the failure of Labor’s environmental policy by referring to Julia Gillard’s summit on the environment as a phonebook strategy towards climate change.
He was upbeat about the chances of having Larissa Waters elected as the first Greens Senator from Queensland. Later I met Bob Brown briefly after his media conference and we talked about coalmines.
All the candidates present were introduced to the audience and afterwards we posed for a group photo with Larissa Waters and Bob Brown.by