Candidate sees 'Green government' in 20 years
By GEOFF ROUNDS
FOOD and water have prompted Mullumbimby resident Giovanni Ebono's first foray into politics.
Mr Ebono will stand as the Greens candidate for the seat of Richmond at the Federal election later this year.
He has already stated he will direct the all-important preference votes to the Labor Party.
"Our major message today is all about food and water. The current Government is off in Iraq (and has) people worrying about free trade agreements in the global economy. In the meantime, the water is drying up and food prices are rising," Mr Ebono said during his campaign speech at Tumbulgum boat ramp yesterday morning.
"The Greens have policies that will deal with those things, and our policies are specifically designed to support small business, sustainable farming and families.
"As far as The Greens are concerned, we'll give our preferences to Labor. Realistically, they probably will win."
Mr Ebono, 48, whose background is in media, mainly editing computer magazines and writing The Australian Internet Book, is married to Rebecca and has three children.
He made his sea change three years ago from Sydney after becoming disillusioned with the daily grind of city life.
"Until now, I've never been involved in a political party in any way. But I reckon I'm ready for it."
Mr Ebono concedes the swinging seat of Richmond will be a tough one for The Greens to win.
"Fundamentally, everyone's so anxious to get rid of the current Government," he said.
"A Green mayor in Byron shows there's support. I think The Greens have matured as a party in the area.
"There's a broad range of issues for us out there and a view that The Greens annoy the other parties and make them more environmentally aware.
"The argument about coal and nuclear energy could be big ones in the next 20 years and in that time I believe we'll have a Greens government."