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Tamara Smith is the Greens candidate for the seat of Ballina in the 2015 NSW Election.
Tamara Smith is the Greens candidate for the seat of Ballina in the 2015 NSW Election.

Don Page is a nice guy but his party is out of touch with ordinary country Australians, says Tamara Smith, who has been selected as the Greens candidate for the seat of Ballina.

Don Page has indicated he will not contest the next election and Life Saver Helicopter CEO Kris Beavis was selected as the new Nationals candidate ahead of long-term local Sharon Cadwallader in a hotly contested ballot.

Ms Smith said it was ‘a great honour’ to be endorsed as the Greens candidate for the 2015 NSW election.

The Greens came second in the Ballina electorate after the Nationals at the 2011 NSW election with 21.7 per cent of the primary vote, and Ms Smith believes she is in a winnable position.

The fourth-generation local is a teacher and a solicitor with a background in energy law, social justice and human rights.

She has been active in local campaigns to stop sewage outfall into Byron Bay and organised the recent rally to save Cape Byron Marine Sanctuary from being opened to fishing. She was also part of the legal team supporting efforts to stop gas mining at Bentley.

‘We have a wonderful, vibrant community and I’m looking forward to talking with residents about the issues that are important to them,’ she said.

‘It’s time to give the residents of Ballina a progressive voice in the NSW Parliament, and only the Greens can provide that voice.

Ms Smith said it was unrealistic to think that the new Nationals candidate Kris Beavis would go against the party line to support his constituents on any issue.

‘It’s interesting to see people talking as if they have the power to go against their party and they don’t,’ she told Echonetdaily.

‘Hearing Kris Beavis talking about the environment and CSG is a little ironic as it doesn’t represent the National Party view,’ she added.

‘Greens, on the other hand, have a set of strong core principles and policies, and I’m fortunate in that Greens policies align with my own values.’

But she said that National Party ‘have betrayed our community’, adding the major parties were equally culpable in ‘allowing invasive gasfields to threaten our very way of life; our waterways, food security and local tourism and agriculture industries.’

‘Both the National Party and Labor Party continue to take political donations from large gas and mining corporations,’ she said.

‘The Greens want to clean up politics in NSW. People are tired of the major parties looking after their mining mates and vested interests.

‘Only the Greens stand for clean water, clean energy and clean politics,’ Ms Smith said.

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  1. The National Party simply has failed to stand up for any of the issues that I care about in the seat of Ballina. They do not deserve to return yet another of their number to represent this area. That’s why I will gladly be voting 1 Green and putting Nationals last on my ballot, and asking all my neighbours to do the same.

  2. Well there is a sign of a true friend of Don Page. The new Greens candidate promoting the National Party’s Don Page to win. She opens with ‘Don Page is a nice guy…”
    We all know that Don Page is a nice guy that is why all the people are lining up to grab his seat.
    Winning elections is about popularism so what more do we want to know about Don Page?
    Nice! No more than that.
    Let us vote for Don Page, the nice guy of Ballina.
    First off Tamara you don’t mention his name.
    Here is an intro:
    A new Greens candidate Tamara Smith, intelligence as she is attractive, sees the knotty wood from the trees so she is stepping up to try take a seat in the NSW Parliament by trying to pinch the seat that Don Page holds for Ballina. Knotty Knotty.

  3. The environment is important, but so is the economy
    Koalas are important, but so are people
    Where is the party that sees both sides??

  4. So Tamara, green policies happily align with your own values. This then, includes the policy debacle that has left Australia without an emissions trading scheme in place, and Abbott PM in the position to kill it off and any transition to an ETS.
    Just to remind Tamara, the debacle arose because of the ( petulant ) Bob Brown’s realisation and horror that a major party was actually about to implement a C tax and transition this to an ETS ( it would have been underway as of now ) without consulting / deferring to him.
    This ” not without me you don’t “non partisan approach is what is all to obvious in Coalition policy viz a viz their recent budget , not to mention the Nationals strident opposition to most Labor govt policies for regions, inc NCoast over many years.
    Sadly the Green’s Bob Brown tarred and feathered his own party with his own belligerence, and and parked it squarely in the ‘just another political party’ parking lot.
    Still align with all green’s policies Tamara ?
    Neville Newell

  5. The trouble is your Greens leader was requested to force further research into fluoride before being added to our water. She refused. It seems that she doesn’t listen to her community.


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