The Australian Greens today announced a full set of Senate teams, from all states and territories, which offers a counterweight to the predominant rightwing parties of the Coalition, Labor and One Nation.
"The Greens will repeat the upset of the last election when I won a place in the Senate. We will win further seats in the eastern states as well as retaining that held by Dee Margetts (Greens WA)," Greens Senator Bob Brown said.
Tasmania - Dr Louise Crossley
A former Antarctic station leader and economic and environmental consultant who is widely predicted to pick up the next Greens Senate Seat.
Victoria - Charmaine Clarke
Victoria is pivotal. Charmaine has a high chance to win the Greens first Senate seat for Victoria and become Australian"s first female Indigenous MP.
NSW - John Sutton
The NSW team is headed by long term Newcastle City Greens Councillor John Sutton
Queensland - Drew Hutton
In Queensland, high profile political activist and historian Drew Hutton leads the team.
South Australia - Craig Wilkins
A young community health nurse, Craig is top of the Greens South Australian ticket
Northern Territory - Ilana Eldridge
A powerful advocate for political reform in the deep north. Ilana"s preferences will decide the outcome in the House of Representatives seat.
ACT - Deb Foskey
A teacher of politics at ANU, Deb is researching population and reproductive technologies.
The Greens listed three of the issues which will mark them out from Labor, the Coalition and other parties: tax, the environment and Indigenous rights.
"We will promote European-style ecotaxes instead of the GST, an abrupt halt to Jabiluka and any new uranium mines, an end to wild forest woodchipping in Australia and Indigenous negotiating rights. We will pursue both the Labor and Liberal parties on these issues all the way to the ballot box.
"Pauline Hansom has run for cover on the environment. Her party wants national parks opened up to logging. We aim to ensure no Australian voter is unaware that she hates Green values," Senator Brown said.
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