Queensland Premier Campbell Newman will be one of the Australian Greens’ greatest assets as the party pursues a second Queensland Senate seat, says the Greens’ lead Senate candidate, Adam Stone.
Australian Greens’ Leader, Christine Milne, and Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters officially announced Mr Stone’s candidacy in Brisbane today.
Mr Stone says the “callous behaviour” of Premier Newman and his LNP government provides stark contrast to the Greens’ positive agenda and will help the party win the coveted second Senate spot.
“Campbell Newman has hurt so many people with his savage and ill-considered cuts,” Mr Stone said. “The sacking of 14,000 workers, especially health workers, will have enormous impacts on the mental, physical and economic health of Queenslanders.
“Contrast that with the Greens who are actively investing in Queenslanders’ through programs like the $5 billion investment in public dental care, and championing record investment in education through full implementation of the recommendations of the Gonski Review.
“While the conservatives increase costs and worsen outcomes in the justice portfolio through discredited policies like mandatory minimum sentences, we’re addressing the causes of offending behaviour through the highly successful justice reinvestment framework.
“Australia is a lucky, prosperous country and the Greens are not interested in wasting political oxygen pretending that we're on the edge of economic ruin.”
At the last state election, Mr Stone ran in the seat of Mt Coot-tha, gaining more than 20 per cent of the primary vote. He acknowledges he will have a tough fight against Bob Katter’s Australian Party and the ALP for the Senate position.
Mr Stone has had considerable experience at both Federal and State levels working for the former Greens’ Leader, Bob Brown, for Senator Larissa Waters, the Federal Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General. Voluntary work included six months in Nigeria for Doctors Without Borders.
He and his two sisters were brought up by his single mum who, while running a pig farm and raising a family, was also studying to qualify as a psychologist. Mr Stone lives in Bardon with his fiancée.
Senator Waters said: "I am delighted the next Greens Senator for Queensland already has such a strong record of standing up for people, communities and the environment.
"Since entering the Australian Parliament, I have introduced two bills to give farmers and the environment some protection from the rampant coal seam gas industry, and I’ve taken strong action to prevent our iconic Great Barrier Reef from becoming a coal and gas highway.
"The Greens have also achieved Denticare, giving all children access to Medicare-funded dental health, and we now have a price on carbon pollution to fight dangerous climate change.
"These wins and more are what happens when people vote Greens into the Senate, and I can't wait to see what Adam Stone will achieve for the people of Queensland, and for all Australians."
Contact: Adam Stone Ph: 0417 629 852