Commenting on the federal election result, Greens NSW Senator elect Lee Rhiannon said the result for the Greens across NSW lays a strong foundation for the March 2011 state election.
“With about three quarters of the vote counted, election analyst Antony Green has the Greens winning back a Senate seat in NSW,” Ms Rhiannon said.
“We can expect more Green shoots emerging in NSW after the state election, with seats such as Marrickville and Balmain now well within reach.
“For the fourth federal election in a row we have increased our vote in NSW, enjoying a swing of almost 2 percent in the House of Representatives.
“The swing to the Greens across the nation is around 3.6 per cent, taking our primary vote to 11.43 per cent.
“With Adam Bandt elected to Melbourne and new Senators in South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and NSW, the Greens have doubled our representation in Canberra from five to ten.
“Our vote has increased in almost all 48 NSW lower house seats.
“The standout result is in Sydney and Grayndler. Grayndler picked up 25.4 percent, with a nearly 7 percent swing and Sydney 23.7 percent with a 2.7 percent swing.
“In the Western suburbs seat of Werriwa we experienced an encouraging swing of 8.6 percent, to bring our vote to 12.3 percent. In Wentworth we are on 17.8, Mackellar 16.4, Bradfield 16.3, Warringah 15.8, Newcastle 15.5 and in the bell-weather seat of Eden-Monaro 9.2.
“The vote shows NSW is looking for a renewed style of political engagement, a progressive voice and climate action.
“My priorities as a NSW Greens Senator will be working with my colleagues for real action on climate change, justice for refugees, increased resources for public education, electoral funding reform and much more,” Ms Rhiannon said.
Contact: Lee Rhiannon 0427 861 568