Quick visit by Labors big gun
By Alex Easton and Mary Mann
IT'S a job keeping up with Peter Garrett when he decides he's in a hurry.
At 193cm, the rock star-turned Labor MP has a stride like Roald Dahl's BFG.
The upside is, at that height, he's easy to spot and, being Peter Garrett, he only got in a few giant strides at a time as he strolled around the Lismore CBD's main block with Page Labor candidate Janelle Saffin yesterday.
Mr Garrett's walk around Lismore followed a tour of Ballina High School's Marine Discovery Resource Centre and a visit to the Australian Seabird Rescue headquarters where he paid tribute to recently deceased founder, Lance Ferris.
Mr Garrett later rejected criticism from the Greens that he had abandoned the beliefs that had him campaigning to protect Tasmania's forests and stop the Jabiluka uranium mine during the 1990s, pointing out that the Greens were a political party and part of that job involved attacking the members of other parties.
Mr Garrett whole-heartedly backed all Labor's environment policies.
"Labor, as an alternative Government, has the best set of environmental policies in this election," he said.