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Mandy Nolan with Tamara Smith MP, Sue Higginson MLC and Greens supporters at this morning’s announcement in Ballina. Photo Lyn McCarthy.

The Greens say the ALP-held marginal seat of Richmond, covering Ballina, Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads, is ground zero for both the climate and housing crises, and Nolan’s team of volunteers will immediately join the national doorknock effort campaigning for a rent and mortgage freeze and a ban on new coal and gas.

The Greens say the seat of Richmond came down to the wire in 2022, and Nolan would need a 1.8 per cent swing from the ALP to turn Richmond Green at the next federal election.

Mehreen Faruqi MLC and Mandy Nolan during the lead-up to the 2022 election. Photo Tree Faerie.

Proud to be running for the Greens

Ms Nolan said this morning that she is proud to announce that she’ll be running as the Greens candidate for Richmond in the next Federal election. ‘I’ve lived in the Richmond electorate for 30 years. This is where I’ve raised my five kids. This is my home and I’ll do everything I can to stand up for my home in the Federal Parliament.

‘For the last year, I’ve been biting my tongue. You know that’s not easy for me. I’ve wanted to cry out for more action on climate.

‘I’ve wanted to scream “do something about the housing crisis!” Good thing I wasn’t holding my breath. But now, I’m ready to go. And that’s where YOU come in. Let’s unleash the tongue!’

Nolan said that the appearance of the PM in the region last week, show they’re worried. ‘Labor are going to throw everything at keeping this seat. But with your help, I can win this seat and hold them to account on the things that matter.

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Mandy Nolan during the 2022 campaign. Photo Jeff Dawson

Getting my hands dirty

‘I’m all about getting my hands dirty. This region deserves an MP who is prepared to roll up their sleeves and work with community to get the change we need.

Nolan said it been one year since the last election and every day she is hearing from people across the region who are struggling more than ever under the cost of living and housing affordability crisis. 

‘I’m standing because Richmond deserves a member who will fight to freeze rents and build more public housing instead of wasting billions on tax cuts for the rich and nuclear submarines. We need real commitment to public housing – not a paltry fund that gambles with our community’s housing security.

Mandy Nolan with Tamara Smith MP and Bob Brown at a Greens event earlier this year. Photo Tree Faerie.

No doubt that we’re living in a climate crisis

‘The extreme fires and floods of the last few years have left us with no doubt that we’re living in a climate crisis. But the Labor Government continues to subsidise and approve fossil fuel projects. Only the Greens will act to keep coal and gas in the ground and protect this region from the worst impacts of climate change.’

Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP said Mandy’s loved as a comedian and local legend in Richmond, but she’s fighting on two issues that are deadly serious in the region, the climate crisis and the housing crisis. ‘Richmond is ground zero for both the climate crisis and the housing crisis: people are still reeling from the floods and the rental market’s cooked, with out-of-town investors gouging prices. 

Mandy Nolan at a vigil for a DV victim Lindy Lucena in January. Photo David Lowe.

Putting the people of Richmond at risk

‘Labor’s putting the people of Richmond at risk of worse floods by opening up new coal and gas mines, and Justine Elliot will have to defend that..

‘At the last election people were desperate to kick out the Liberals, but now they’re realising Labor also wants new coal and gas, which makes the climate crisis worse, as well as billions in handouts for property moguls, which pushes up rents and house prices. Labor has no plan whatsoever to help renters and Labor’s housing bill sees the crisis get worse.

‘Mandy’s already got a team of volunteers ready to hit the streets and talk to Richmond residents about how the Greens are the only party fighting for renters and climate action.’

Something amazing happened

Ms Nolan said at the last election we something amazing happened. ‘Not only did we turn Richmond into one of the most winnable seats for the Greens in the country but we built an incredible, community-driven movement that puts people first. 

‘This election we’re only going to go bigger and turn Richmond Green.’


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46 COMMENTS

  1. More promises from the greens that will never happen as they want the perfect over good policy. Look at the young greens member in Brisbane campaigning for more housing at same time as campaigning against a housing development, what the?
    I hope Mandy campaigns more politely than the venom she expounded last time where she spent her time attacking other progressives.

  2. Hopefully Mandy will get acsross her brief better this time. She performed badly in an ABC interview when she did not appear to know much about the respective policies of Greens and others.
    If she campaigns against AUKUS and the nuclear submarines, she will pick up enough votes to win.Ms Elliott has been coasting for years.

    • But we are going to need those submarines. If we run extension out to their reactors, we may be able to keep the lights on.

    • Mr/Mrs Sheriff of course, Mandy should definitely campaign against AUKUS and those nuclear submarines, or better still campaign on what the irresponsible Greens really want to do, but are not willing to say it out loud, and that’s to defund the ADF, now that would really do it for her.

  3. Typical Greens, send in an inexperienced comedian, to do an adults job, why would the intelligent people of Richmond remove a proven highly efficient MP who has constantly delivered for her constituents, for another ineffectual cross-bencher.

    • “a proven highly efficient MP who has constantly delivered for her constituents ”

      EH?

      Have I missed something for the last decade?

        • Only in a parallel universe would “a proven highly efficient MP who has constantly delivered for her constituents” would not be considered an ALP’s attempt at a funny joke.

          Leave the comedy to Mandy, it’s her day job.

  4. Three more years of propaganda masquerading as comment.

    Elliott doesn’t deserve to win but Mandy makes her look good.

  5. While Ms.Elliot is a boring party apparatchik with the political creativity of a blind poodle faithful to the ALP’s corporate masters, Mandy, unfortunately, displays similar limitations when it comes to questioning party ideology.
    Her diabolical participation in shaming vax sceptics and her derogatory comments towards other progressives who disagreed with her was the last straw insofar as any support I once held for the Greens goes – and while always avoiding being a party member of them or any other ideological or corporate incumbent party, I have waged war in support for them in the past. No longer.
    The best Independent for mine.

  6. Unless Mandy makes a genuine apology to the people who wanted bodily autonomy that she called f wits Mandy and the greens will never get Richmond.

    • Don’t worry, I doubt you’ll read any more of such courageous and astute statements this side of the next federal election.

    • I hope you are right Dean. My opinion of the people of Northern Rivers would greatly improve if they are inclined to punish those how support totalitarianism.

  7. Mandy is a highly intelligent woman with multiple skills and I feel very confident that she will be a keen student of the ‘body politic’ and rise to the top carrying deep knowledge, compassion, insight, awareness and truly represent the rights of future generations and Indigenous peoples. The current environmental consciousness requires each citizen to concentrate on supporting young Resistance activists who will inherit the para-military technologies of oppression. Australia is still a Penal Colony and if you don’t understand this please read “Freedom only Freedom” the prison writings of Behrouz Boochani. Its no use attacking each other …wiser to look deeper and understand how we are all “Normalised”. Not pretty, not democratic and very very scary!

  8. If you have anything to add and be part of what the Govt is attempting to do, to repair the last 9 wasted years of on going LNP catastrophe, like the land mines the LNP have laid out everywhere!
    I suggest you join your local Labor party branch. Because that is the only way anyone can have real input into Govt, both Federal and in every mainland State in Australia for the next decade or longer.
    The LNP everywhere are having an extinction event, a political species unable to survive in a situation where the majority of voters are no longer dumbed down by their corporate media misinformation, disinformation propaganda units.
    The Greens, will always be no more than a distraction looking on, from the sidelines, they cannot achieve anything without Labor planning funding and legislation. Thats a fact!
    Only when the greens have 76 seats in the house of reps and a “Real Mandate” from the Australian people as Labor has Federally and in every State, can the Greens actually do anything apart from making a lot of noise and continue their present obstructions of Labor and voting with the LNP/ Hanson and other fringe party’s?
    There’s a massive shortage of skilled workers and building supplies in the construction industry, just how do the greens expect to build anything more than what Labor is attempting? Most of these details The Greens are concerned about are State based and not Federal?
    Why vote for a Greens fringe party when you can vote for Labor ,when they are the Govt that are doing the job properly!

  9. Go Mandy!
    You are spot on topic.

    The Climate Emergency, the Australian L iberal-lite P arty staying the course, set by The LNP, of more and new Fossil Fuel. WTH!
    You just couldn’t make it up if you tried unless of course, as Keith Duncan offers, a comedian is in charge of affairs.

    The Housing Crisis, what crisis for the A ustralian Liberal-lite P arty. The deliberate continued treating of a necessity of life as some sort of asset class to play around with ( hello negative gearing and capital gains concessions ) delivers the failure that is Australia’s housing situation that we’ve seen these last decades. Home purchase affordability, renters, all getting shafted.
    But hey, here comes the Liberal-lite mob to tackle the Housing crisis, Rent Assistance $’s, a few crumbs, gee thanks for that but no genuine help as landlords make outrageous increases in rent.
    The much vaunted Liberal-lite mobs $’s10billions worth HAFF that doesn’t start building a single home until sometime in 2025 at the earliuest and that is dependent upon HAFF making some money on the stock market. WTH!
    Since when is providing an essential government service farmed out to the stock market – Education, Health expenditure for example, aren’t dependent upon making a profit on the stock market. The Liberal-lite mob should directly invest that $’s10billions into building, Now.
    We have a housing crisis that can’t be put off until……whenever.

    Mandy, keep it going, we need genuine change, Election 2025 Vote 1 Greens!

    • Yep greens vote with the coalition again, says it all. Last time led to 10 years of environmental inaction, so now no movement on social housing. Well done!

    • Joachim we just had “genuine change” at the last election that the ALP won and are doing very well, isn’t there enough inexperienced comedians in the Greens already; put the Greens last in 2025 and vote for sanity.

  10. I know the Generally Expressive of Electoral Nihilism Party needs to play politics – that’s the job of politicians. (See I can provide a cute little acrostic too but does it add anything of value to the debate? No, nothing zilch. It’s just a childish response to issues of significance and complexity)

    The HAFF, if you give it a moment’s thought is a savvy way of providing real reform in an area that WONT be fixed overnight. Sovereign wealth funds have provided great benefits both here and other countries given to sensible planning and investment. You could throw all that money at public housing today but have you tried to get a tradie lately let alone build a house? At a time of budgetary crisis it makes sense to plan for a scheme that will continue to provide funds for ongoing public housing needs while bolstering sovereign wealth not debt – and entrench a funding source that will be harder for neolibs to dismantle, especially when there is no way that much building could happen immediately.

    But perhaps economic planning and literacy (numeracy?) isn’t a strong point for the Greens who believe more revenue should be extended everywhere at the same time that no concession needs to be made to industry and employment. Norman Lindsay called it the manic pudding.

    I know, I know – we’d have all the funds needed if we just did away with planned tax cuts and negative gearing. I reckon many of us agree there, Joachim but push Labor to break election commitments this term and all you will see is conservative media hysteria and the Tories back in power for another decade. I doubt very much we’d see the election of a Greens government in response to their contribution for this advocacy. And don’t believe for a minute they are dead, buried and cremated. Self interest never dies.

        • I think “growing the pie” means actually creating more to go around, not imagining you can keep taking slices without impacting the whole.

          I think growing the pie is the aim of things like sovereign wealth funds.

          • If your pie is growing, the slices would get too big to stuff in your mouth and would have to be cut in half, thus doubling the number of slices. As long as you consume slices at a sustainable rate, you have infinite slices. The original magic pudding story does allow ‘eating your seed crop’, and still being able to plant your fields in spring, so to speak. We have a magical fiat currency system, if you eat your principal, just print some more. What could possibly go wrong?

  11. Mandy already has people talking about the issues.
    The ALP is on notice as’the’ progressive party.
    The mis-steps with gas in NT and coal mines elsewhere will embolden both the Greens and more independents. A good thing.

      • Lizardbreath, the ALP solution of more and new coal mining and and gas drilling, just what the climate doctor ordered, yeah.

          • CVS, rather than parroting The Daily Murdoch, best inform yourself that it is Fossil Fuel – gas, that sets the electricity price.
            Sky high gas prices is what is driving the electricity price increases.

        • The ALP’s solution is to phase out coal mining and gas drilling so thousands of Aussie jobs are not lost overseas, and Aussie businesses and Aussie households are not being crippled by huge energy bills; but of course the crazy Greens have no interest in that have they?, they want to save the world in the blink of an eye, yeah?

          • And an initiative receiving bugger all attention is investment to allow our decrepit grid more capacity to deal with the amounts available for feed in of clean energy sources. Rather important in any transition process.

          • Keith, your make believe, “ALP’s solution is to phase out coal mining and gas drilling”, lol.
            Please do give Tanya Plibersek that make believe solution of yours;

            – Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek on 17/2/2023 approved a project by Santos to open 116 new coal seam gas wells in Queensland’s Surat Basin.
            – Environment Minister Tanya on 11/5/23 gave approval for four new coal mines – Mount Pleasant Mine (NSW), Narrabri Underground Mine (NSW), Ensham Mine (QLD),Isaac River (QLD.
            Just more of the ALP’s “orderly transmission’ to continuing the carbon economy. You just can’t make it up if you tried but the ALP gone and did it anyways.
            Keith, I know, we feeling your pain, it must be those damned Greens again. Lol.

  12. Joachim, we understand your pain and frustration, your useless Greens are acting like spoilt brats wanting to play with the adults, but you can’t because your are nowhere near the attaining the level of responsibility required, the adult world is quite different to kindergarten.

  13. God knows the greens need a sense of humour, bandt is so funny in the wrong terms. Mandy stick with your day job, the good people in this electorate just cannot stand a bar of you, however you are almost as funny as Tania smith.

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