South Sydney Greens set preselection
By Peter Boyle
SYDNEY — The South Sydney Greens have organised two public meetings to preselect candidates for the seats of Marrickville and Heffron in the coming state elections. The Marrickville meeting is on April 8, at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, and the Heffron meeting on April 16, at the Roundhouse, Rachel Forster Hospital.
"The Greens are strongly committed to grassroots democracy and for this reason, in contrast with the major parties, we are encouraging people to become involved and attend these meetings. We are also inviting people to put themselves forward as candidates", Colin Hesse, a spokesperson for South Sydney Greens said.
Candidates would have to be committed to the Greens' principles of grassroots democracy, social and economic justice, disarmament and non-violence and ecological sustainability.
"South Sydney Greens and its members have been actively involved in campaigns opposing the third runway, calling for the closure of the Waverley-Woollahra municipal waste incinerator and the preservation of Wolli Creek and the Cooks River", said Hesse.
The Greens have found growing support because the major parties were paying little more than lip service to the environment. "The resent decision on resource security legislation, the south-east forests and the refusal by the state government to give teeth to the State Pollution Control Commission over Caltex and ICI illustrate this point."n