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Monday, January 23, 2006

Tasmanian Greens ...Media Release

GREENS LAUNCH FRANKLIN TICKET FOR STATE ELECTION


The Tasmanian Greens today launched their Franklin team of five endorsed candidates to contest the forthcoming state election this year, reconfirming that sitting Member Nick McKim will spearhead the Greens campaign in Franklin as their number one candidate.
Greens Member for Franklin, Nick McKim MHA, said that the Greens’ campaign will target key issues that are important to people in Franklin and build on the strong Green record of standing up for open and transparent government, sound economic management, appropriate development and job creation, accessible public health and affordable housing, and protection of our unique natural forest and coastal environments.
“I am delighted, proud and honoured to be fronting such a dedicated team of endorsed Green candidates who are determined to represent the views and needs of the Franklin electorate loudly and passionately in the forthcoming election,” Mr McKim said.
“We are hearing loudly on the streets that people are fed up with Labor’s secrecy and cronyism, deals with the big end of town while people are struggling to put a roof over their head, the community’s inability to access public health services, and the erosion of our unique natural environment.”
“The Franklin Green Team brings together a broad range of expertise and experience to present a strong vision for a healthy, clean and green Tasmania that will provide sound economic and social foundations for current and future generations,” Mr McKim said.
The Greens’ Franklin Candidate Ticket:
Nick McKim is the Tasmanian Greens current sitting Member for the electorate of Franklin. Mr McKim was first elected in 2002 and since then has been the Greens Opposition spokesperson for the portfolios of Energy, Environment and Planning, Attorney-General, Justice and Industrial Relations, Youth, It, Multicultural Affairs, and Assisting the Leader on Treasury.
Jane MacDonald is a South Arm resident and teaches Biology, Environmental Science and Marine Science. Ms MacDonald is an instrumental campaigner in the Save Ralphs Bay Inc organisation, and is currently working on restoring the Lauderdale Conservation Area.
Mark Rickards is a former Royal Australian Navy Officer and currently works as a Real Estate Agent. Mr Rickards believes Tasmania need a trustworthy government, and is passionate about encouraging employment growth and sustainable appropriate development.
Mike Anderson is a meteorologist following a previous stint as a Parks ranger. Mr Anderson is widely recognised as a champion of environmentally friendly and energy efficient homes, and sees a huge potential to promote Franklin as a world-class ecotourism destination.
Gerard Velnaar currently works in the aged care sector and also has senior management experience in providing business, training and employment opportunities. Mr Velnaar believes improving our health system, education and other vital social services must be a priority to ensure younger generations have a vibrant future.

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