16.1 C
Byron Shire
May 12, 2021

Greens ‘not worried’ by CSG Party

Latest News

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

Other News

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Create the opportunity for everyone to follow their dreams

Local dance group Sprung!! is an integrated dance theatre that has built a community program that creates space for...

Re Netflix

David Gilet, Byron Bay You would have to say that the Byron district has more than its fair share of wankers,...

Mayor’s parting gift 

Michele Grant, Ocean Shores The Mayor’s parting gift to the Bruns/Bayside Community was ushering through approval for the controversial Corso...

The legal smoke

Paul Rea, Coorabell While Labor stopped taking donations from the tobacco industry in 2004 and the Liberals followed suit a...

Police chase ends in head-on car and truck crash

Police have declared a critical incident investigation after a car chase in Ballina ended in a crash Friday night.

Dominic Feain

The newly-formed Stop CSG Party held its first face-to-face meeting in Lismore on Saturday.

The party evolved last month via email, internet and telephone to contest the next federal election, and more than 30 party members turned up to the Lismore Workers Club to discuss policy, strategy and nominations for candidature.

Party spokesperson Gordon Fraser-Quick was happy with the turnout saying it demonstrated the commitment of CSG opponents to, ‘take the politics out of CSG.’

‘We are an independent party not aligned to any of the major parties – the point that we’re making is if you’ve been let down by Labor and confused by the Coalition, and some go green at the gills thinking of voting for The Greens, well we are a legitimate alternative,’ he said.

‘That’s been proven here because the people at the meeting were ex-National Party members, ex-Greens members and ex-Labor members, as well as people who have never been a member of any party in their life.

‘We’re fielding candidates in all the states and territories, we have two nominees for NSW so far and people who have expressed interest in being candidates in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

‘We’ve got a functional executive and a national launch tour occurring over June and July so it’s all happening. All indications are at this stage that the party will get legs fairly quickly.’

The Greens candidate for Page, Desley Banks, was unperturbed by the arrival of the new environmental issue-based party, saying she welcomed any party that opposed coal seam gas.

‘Look anyone who can stop coal seam gas gets my vote, I’m not too worried about it, the more the merrier. The more people fighting against coal seam gas in the northern rivers the better it is for us I feel,’ she said.

‘That’s what democracy is all about. Everyone has the right to start their own party and with a cause like this one I can understand why there are people prepared to stand. There are people who won’t vote Green so if they can get votes against coal seam gas I’m all for them.

‘I’d like Janelle (Saffin) to stand up and start voting against some of these things if she’s serious about stopping coal seam gas, and I think that’s what people think as well.’

Meanwhile, veteran political commentator and Echonetdaily scribe, Mungo MacCallum, did not see the party making a big impact in the September poll.

‘While it may have a following in some areas, it is most unlikely to make an impact nationally,’ he said.

He added that the fledgling party’s best hope, albeit a faint hope, of being a nuisance was in the Senate in NSW.

‘It might do better to wait for the next state election and try to make an impression in Lismore or Northern Tablelands,’ he said.

Mungo also doubted the Stop CSG Party would impact on The Greens vote.

‘Presumably it will preference them and its vote will flow through,’ he said.

‘Frankly I think the anti-CSG movement works better as a popular pressure group than it is likely to as a formal party — it attracts more people and its message is certainly getting through.

‘As a generalisation, single issue parties seldom survive unless they are built around a well-known and charismatic personality. Otherwise their influence is limited to trading preferences in the hope that they just might briefly emerge at the top of the pile.’

 

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

Re Netflix

David Gilet, Byron Bay You would have to say that the Byron district has more than its fair share of wankers, however, most of our local...

Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of...