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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

GREENS LAUNCH FULL BASS TICKET

GREENS LAUNCH FULL BASS TICKET

The Tasmanian Greens today launched a strong five member ticket, headed up by Greens Member for Bass Kim Booth, to contest the 2006 state election with a firm eye to retaining the Greens’ hard won seat and increasing and consolidating their primary vote.

Greens Member for Bass, Kim Booth MHA, said that he was looking forward to the coming contest and felt that the Greens in Bass were well placed to wrest further votes from Liberal and Labor as disillusioned voters deserted the major parties, drawn to the Greens’ long term economic, social and environmental vision.

“It is with great pride that today I announce the full team of Green candidates that will contest the forthcoming state election,” Mr Booth said.

“They are all standing up for Tasmania, putting themselves on the line to work for the best possible future for Tasmania.”

“Our Bass team is made up of people engaged in all walks of life and brings a breadth of experience, talent and vision that will have great appeal to the electorate.”

“Bass really is at the crossroads as we look back on a past that has seen a focus on exploitation of our natural resources and a bulk commodity low value mentality.”

“Tasmania needs more people in parliament who understand that the pathway to the future will be built on clever economies recognising the finite nature of our planet’s resources and having the courage to honestly face the reality of global environmental and social challenges.”

“This great Bass team includes candidates with backgrounds in engineering, education, the arts, health and disability services as well as myself who has come from owning and running my own business.”

“I have been struck by our common aims in recognising the potential for growth and employment within our region whilst also factoring in the cost and contribution of our environment and people and look forward to working with them all to see the Greens poll strongly in Bass.”

The Green’s Bass Candidate Ticket:

Kim Booth MHA is the Greens Member for Bass and Greens spokesperson for Primary Industry, Infrastructure, Water, Racing and Gaming and Small Business. He was first elected in 2002 having previously owned and run his own sawmilling business.

Jeremy Ball works as an Executive Assistant to Greens MHA Kim Booth and has previously stood for the Greens in both local government (2005) as well as in the last federal election (2004). He was raised in Launceston and returned from living and working overseas in 2002 and was Northern Campaign Coordinator for the Greens in the 2002 state election.

Peter Cover grew up in Tasmania close to the sea and has always had an affinity for Tasmania’s natural environment. He has been an academic in Engineering and Biology with research in Fisheries.

Jill Thompson has worked for Disability Services and completed degrees in Philosophy and Psychology and Information Systems. She is particularly interested in health issues and feels strongly about providing more capable essential public services.

Kate Case grew up in George Town and Launceston and is currently a teacher of jewellery making and silversmithing at TAFE. She has two teenage sons and her interests include art, science, reading, music, singing and bushwalking.

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