Mandy Nolan is about to embark on a new career as a politician – she has put her hat in the ring to run for Richmond in the hope of overturning Justine Elliot’s position and making the seat Green.
Comedian, author, journalist and fierce community activist, Mandy has today been confirmed as the Greens candidate for Richmond, a marginal seat in the Greens heartland on the Far North Coast encompassing Byron Bay.
Richmond also covers the state seat of Ballina which became the Greens first regional seat in 2015 and in 2019 saw a 4.7% increase in Greens first preference votes.
Mandy Nolan is a local celebrity who has lived, worked and campaigned in the region for over three decades. She has been a vocal campaigner on the housing crisis on the North Coast which has the highest rate of homelessness in NSW and is the author of a weekly column in The Echo.
Politics no joke
Ms Nolan says she may be a comedian, but politics is no joke. ‘I’m putting myself forward because I want to see our politics deliver for the people, not big donors and corporations.’
‘For 30 years I’ve fought to give a voice to the voiceless in our community, now I’m going to take that fight to Canberra.
‘Richmond needs a local member who is serious about tackling the issues facing this region in a time of intense change.
Ms Nolan says we are seeing unprecedented growth. ‘We’ve got tourism, AirBnB and big tech transforming our region. We’re seeing millions of dollars pouring into luxury homes and meanwhile, we’ve got the highest rate of homelessness in NSW. On top of that, we are already facing the impacts of climate change through serious flooding, coastal erosion and bushfires.
‘We need to tackle these issues head-on before it’s too late, and it has to be driven by the interests of the community, not developers.
Greens leader Adam Bandt MP
Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP says that at the coming election, Richmond voters are some of the most powerful in the country. ‘The next federal election will be very close and by voting for Mandy Nolan, people will get a powerful local MP right in the middle of Parliament.
‘Mandy will fight to make the big corporations and billionaires pay their fair share of tax so that we can get rid of public school fees and put dental into Medicare. Mandy’s a long-time local who won’t take crap from anyone and will really shake things up in Canberra.’
Mandy says Australia needs leaders that represent their community, not their corporate donors. ‘The Greens don’t take donations from corporations trying to buy influence, so by voting to put a Greens MP in Parliament, you’re sending a message to the Nationals and Labor that inaction on the climate crisis and skyrocketing economic inequality isn’t good enough.’