Coucillor to contest Page
BALLINA’S Councillor Jeff Johnson has won Australian Greens preselection to contest the Page electorate at the next Federal election.
Cr Johnson, 33, said he hoped to reverse the 1.46pc fall in the Greens’ vote at the last election by offering a clear difference to both major parties on the issues of climate change and sustainability.
“The best thing I can do is talk about the issues and promote a Greens solution, and encourage people who want action on climate change to send a clear message to both the Liberals and Labor,” he said.
Cr Johnson said that rather than an emissions trading system a carbon tax should be introduced to ensure big polluters paid for their emissions and encourage the creation of green jobs.
While surprised that the latest Newspoll pointed to a Coalition win, he wasn’t shocked by the collapse in the Labor vote after it announced it would delay the implementation of an ETS.
“Labor reneged on its election policy and people would be justified in feeling betray- ed by the Rudd Government,” he said.
However, Cr Johnson said that it was not just disaffected Labor voters that he would target in the upcoming campaign for Page.
A business graduate from Southern Cross University, he said it was important whoever won power nationally to address rising electricity prices, which were adding to the burden on retirees and low-income earners.
Cr Johnson, who moved to Ballina from Sydney 11 years ago, was elected to Ballina Shire Council in 2008 as a Greens candidate.