THE NSW Greens officially launched their federal election campaign on the weekend, sending a message to voters that the party is a positive alternative to the “division and negativity of the old parties”.
Gurley farmer Penny Blatchford, a NSW Greens senate candidate, joined Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne, NSW lead senate candidate Cate Faehrmann and other Greens MPs, candidates and supporters at the launch in Sydney’s Metro Theatre.
Also featuring at the launch, via YouTube, were endorsements by Willow Tree farmer Nicky Chirlian, Tambar Springs farmer David Quince and Narrabri deputy mayor Bevan O’Regan.
Mrs Blatchford told the launch that with less than a week to go, the party was doing everything it could to get NSW voters to back the Greens’ “vision for a fairer, more compassionate Australia”.
“The Greens are the only party standing up to the mining industry, to protect our precious farmlands, water resources and communities right across Australia,” she said.
“A vote for the Greens is a vote for a team that cares for regional communities and the environment.”
Ms Faehrmann said as she travelled around NSW campaigning, she’d been inspired by the support “from people fed up with the inaction and opportunism of the old parties”.
“They’re tired of this rear-vision approach on so many issues – from asylum seekers and marriage equality to climate change and the growing gap between rich and poor,” she said.
Ms Faehrmann said in the NSW senate race she was locked in a battle for a seat with the Shooters and Fishers Party and Pauline Hanson.
“Having these fringe far-right groups gaining or sharing the balance of power in the senate is a daunting prospect for anyone who cares about our country’s future,” she said.