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May 19, 2021

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The Renewable Energy Party launched in Lismore last week with its secretary, Byron Bay lawyer Peter Breen, describing the group as ‘well funded, well organised and mainstream.

Among the party’s executive membership are Jim Moylan and Graham Askey. The latter is the registered officer of the new party and both were heavily involved in the HEMP party.

‘The HEMP party has gone about as far as it will go as a federal political party,’ Mr Moylan said.

Also involved is well-known Byron local Susan Perrow, who founded the Byron Bay Periwinkle School and helped establish the Cape Byron Steiner School. She travels extensively giving workshops and training seminars for teachers, parents and therapists. Her son is the noted pro surfer Kieren Perrow, now retired.

Most colourful of the executive, however, is the party’s secretary Peter Breen. Originally a member of the Liberal Party he became a NSW Upper House MP in 1999.

Call to resign

Breen joined the Labor Party in 2006 but then premier Morris Iemma called on him to resign after he refused to apologise for remarks made in his book Life As A Sentence: The True Story Of The Janine Balding Murder in support of convicted killer Stephen ‘Shorty’ Jamieson. Following his departure from the Labor Party Mr Breen   went on to form the Human Rights Party.

Mr Breen’s latest foray into politics was in 2014 as an adviser to Senator Ricky Muir of the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party (AMEP). According to an ABC report, he ‘became the third staffer to be dismissed or resign from Senator Muir’s office, after he used a sick day to attend the Byron Bay Writers Festival’.

Mr Breen told ABC Radio he did author a leaked confidential report to parliament about ‘certain things that happened in the office’ between AMEP boss Keith Littler and sacked chief-of-staff, ‘preference whisperer’ Glenn Druery.

‘I had absolutely no involvement in the release of that report to the press,’ Mr Breen said. ‘And the person who did release it is Glenn Druery, as most people would know.’

The Renewable Energy Party is online at www.­renewableenergy.org.au.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. A relatively even handed treatment! (Would not expect anything less from the Echo). Although the writer forgot to tell the reader what the Renewable Energy Party stands for.

    The Renewable Energy Party is a non-partisan, rational, democratic party devoted to lobbying for politicians to always place the needs of the planet before the wants and interests of mankind.

    Even if you don’t want to join the Renewable Energy party then you may still want to ‘like’ our Facebook page to link into our Comprehensive Renewable Energy News Digest; all the News about all the renewable energy systems, and climate change, from Australia and across the world.

    No matter what party you vote for I am sure that Echo readers will (in the main) be delighted to see a new political lobby being formed to argue for and on behalf of the our fragile biosphere.

  2. Good luck to Jim and Graham on their new crusade to express the opinion of those concerned about renewable energy. Let’s hope they can convince members of their new party and the general public that the environment is truly what they are passionate about.

    And let’s hope that Jim and Graham can learn from their previous mistakes at HEMP and begin to treat their members with respect.

    ‘The HEMP party has gone about as far as it will go as a federal political party,’ Mr Moylan said.

    The above sentence alone demonstrates the level of sincerity in Mr Moylan’s nomination as president of the HEMP Party at the AGM on January 24.

  3. People who are passionate about becoming “career politicians” – rather than being the voice of the people – come with political aspirations and will say and do anything to further their political gain… a senator after all, NO matter what their platform, has a guaranteed income for six years… and a wonderful package or incentives plus retirement benefits .. some people are just right for the job.

    This time, the hook is the environment .. over 90% of people in NSW say no to CSG .. good bait, good strategy.

    Should work well. Well done guys and best of luck with it.

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