With recent media attention focused on the preference deal between the Liberal Party and Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party, the Greens candidate for Eden Monaro has moved to clarify his parties position in the run up to the May 18 election.
The Greens in Eden Monaro are recommending that electors vote 1 for The Greens and then vote 2 for Labor candidate and sitting member Mike Kelly.
“Voting 1 for The Greens in Eden-Monaro is a vote for a plan to phase out coal power and move to a renewable energy economy by 2030,” Greens candidate Pat McGinlay says.
“It’s a vote for a plan to protect Australia’s unique natural areas and the animals they support.
“Voting 1 for The Greens is a vote for creating a fair Australia with well-funded public services including those that support vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians. It’s a vote for a compassionate refugee policy and an end to offshore detention.
“And voting 1 for The Greens is a vote to clean up politics so our democracy works for everyone, not just those who can buy access.
“We are recommending a second preference for the ALP because, while Labor’s policies are not as good as The Greens’ policies, we need a change of government to make progress on the many challenges facing our nation.
“The progress we need to make can’t happen if the Liberal-National government is returned. That’s why The Greens in Eden-Monaro are recommending voters put the Liberal Party last.”
Preference deals will be a question all candidates need to respond to at the upcoming About Regional Federal Election Forums:
Cooma Meet the Candidates, presented by Cooma Chamber of Commerce and About Regional
Wednesday, May 1, 6:00 pm (for a 6:30 pm start) to 8:00 pm, Cooma Ex-services Club, light supper provided, all welcome, free to attend, mingle with candidates from 8:00 pm.
Jindabyne Meet the Candidates, presented by Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce and About Regional
Friday, May 3, 6:00 pm (for a 6:30 pm start) to 8:00 pm, Rydges Horizons, all welcome, free to attend, mingle with candidates from 8:00 pm.
Bega Meet the Candidates, presented by Bega Chamber of Commerce and About Regional
Tuesday. May 7, 5:30 pm (for a 5:45 pm start) to 7:15 pm, Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, nibbles on arrival, all welcome, free to attend, mingle with candidates from 7:15 pm.