Tom Tabart, Former Greens councillor
I can understand Cr Cameron wishing to tarnish The Greens as a prop for his long-standing desire to be mayor. But surely the current ‘Richardson’ Greens have done enough to damage the brand themselves?
As someone who served with Basil in Council I feel he is someone worth re-electing and one whose past support of The Greens has led to the common but numerically incorrect belief of Greens-majority councils.
His version of history, where Greens selected Rose Wanchup ‘to curry favour with the developer class’ is fanciful; I was there when it happened. Rose was chosen owing to her work in several conservation campaigns and, frankly, because we did not have enough starters. Clearly it was a huge mistake and Rose was ‘persuaded’ to resign from the Greens rather than choosing to defect. Selection rules were tightened after this but looking at Simon and the three blind mice, they still need work.
The current group of Greens candidates (with the exception of Cr Ndiaye) are in the mould of the Barham council, which, despite huge pressure, have largely ‘held the line’ against over-development. It would be in the interests of the Shire if Basil and the New Greens could re-establish this situation.