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Lismore uni student takes a tilt at seat of Page

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Daniel Reid is the Greens candidate for the seat of Page at the next federal election. Photo supplied

Local Green groups have endorsed Lismore-raised Casino resident Daniel Reid as their candidate for the seat of Page at the next federal election.

While that could still be 12 months away, it could be held as soon as August this year.

The Greens ran third in the seat in the past two elections but more than doubled their vote last time around.

Mr Reid will stand against sitting MP Kevin Hogan while Labor has yet to announce its candidate.

The fourth generation son of the Northern Rivers has no illusions about his prospects but is pledging to hold other parties to account on climate change, human rights and political donations from corporations.

Cynical political games

Mr Reid said he was ‘brought up to believe in fairness and justice. The cynical political games being played in Canberra are failing Australian communities’.

He attended Wyrallah Road Public and Lismore High School before going to Southern Cross University where he is currently studying politics and governance.

Mr Reid says he is standing for parliament because he believes it’s ‘time to change the way government functions’.

‘It is clear that our government is controlled by vested interests – something that significantly compromises its ability to deliver policies and services in the public interest,’ he said

‘We urgently need an effective federal anti-corruption agency. The Nationals, Liberals and Labor are compromised by their large corporate donors, so cannot be trusted to govern in the interests of ordinary people,’ Mr Reid said.

Responsible development

‘The Greens are, and always have been, committed to responsible development that also protects the environment,’ he said.

‘I am serious about urgently tackling global warming, which he says is ‘accelerating and out-stripping our ability to respond.’

‘The Nationals and Liberals are not setting appropriate goals to slow it down. They are putting Australia’s future – my generation’s future – at serious risk. With the support of vested interests they have promoted reckless policies supporting coal and gas instead of encouraging the renewable energy industry.’

‘We are a large and diverse electorate facing many issues and opportunities. I grew up in Lismore, and love this region.

Fresh, progressive approach

‘I know how important it is to build and grow community and to provide adequate funding for health, education and childcare; to create secure jobs, and support businesses that don’t compromise our environment and wellbeing.

‘And we should not have to wait a minute longer for an NBN which delivers the high-speed, reliable internet coverage we were promised.’

Mr Reid says he will bring ‘a fresh and progressive approach to representing the people of Page in parliament’.

‘The Greens have a full range of policies created to deliver a progressive, stable economy that addresses inequality and global warming. We are a much fairer and safer bet than the old parties.’

The Page electorate stretches from the Queensland border to Woodenbong, including Nimbin, Clunes, Alstonville, Evans Head and Grafton and Alstonville. It bypasses Ballina (Richmond electorate) before following the coastline to Sapphire Beach and includes Nymboida and Bonalbo on its westerly border.


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  1. Daniel is a very impressive young man and would be a dedicated and effective representative for this electorate. As he says, the Greens don’t have vested interests. They are in politics to try to achieve a fair and sustainable future for us and our planet. The major parties are just out to enrich themselves and their corporate buddies, at the expense of ordinary people and the environment.

  2. Daniel, what is your view about sustainable population / immigration levels? Do you support the Greens policy of fixing climate change by supporting the fossil fuel intensive tourism industry? Can you inform the electorate of your answers to these questions

    • ” the Greens policy of fixing climate change by supporting the fossil fuel intensive tourism industry”. I don’t believe that is a Greens policy.

    • Hi Shane,
      Australia’s future sustainability is entirely dependent on how our federal government prepares for future crisis. Population, climate change and rampant capitalism are interconnected problems which are not being recognised or addressed appropriately by any other party than The Greens.
      A sustainable population is one that can support it’s existing citizens while protecting the opportunities of it’s children. I do not see our humanitarian intake of refugees as an obstacle to creating a sustainable population in Australia.
      I absolutely support Australia’s vibrant and diverse tourism industry as a way of providing income and education but I also know that a lot of changes need to be funded to ensure that a zero net carbon transport system can reduce the footprint of all industries.
      I hope this has answered some of your questions.

      Daniel R

    • Hi Louise,
      My attitude towards any harrassment is (and always has been) to support anyone adversely effected and work towards reducing further occurrences.
      I pursue a feminist ideal where equity and education bring us to a world where gender does not have to be a defining factor in any persons chosen path.
      As the article you shared states, I have recognised the historical gender bias in some words I have used in communication with your daughter and have taken remedial action.


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