[Powderworks] PG in the news
kayak at sympatico.ca
Sat Jun 5 22:43:00 MDT 2004
Late night newspaper-perusing.... I'm not familiar with Aussie
politics...what's your take on the possibility of PG running for Labor
rather than the Greens? They (Greens) appear to enjoy a much higher
popularity rating in Oz than they do here in Canada, where an upcoming
federal election was also recently announced....though here many people
may just be unaware that they exist as an option. Apparently the Green
Party here was (is to be? - lost track of current status) excluded from
the TV debate, based on the decisions of the media mogul powers-that-be.
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
Mark Latham's secret weapon
By Kerry-Anne Walsh, Political Correspondent
June 6, 2004
Peter Garrett is being touted as Labor's next celebrity federal MP and a
possible replacing veteran Laurie Brereton in the NSW seat of Kingsford
Senior Labor sources said yesterday that Mr Brereton's retirement,
announced on Friday night to a branch council function, enabled the
party to "recruit an outstanding star candidate to the federal team".
It is understood from senior right-wing sources that NSW Labor Party
officers will meet tomorrow to determine the procedure for the preselection.
Local officials, however, have already signalled some opposition,
putting out a statement demanding the right to elect a "local".
Furious factional brawls and intense branch stacking in the seat for the
last year would, however, allow the party to bypass rank-and-file
preselection and impose an outside candidate.
The party had been trying to open up a seat for the tall, intense rock
star for close to a year, Labor sources said.
Recruiting Garrett, former frontman for rock group Midnight Oil and
well-known conservationist, would be an important Labor coup designed to
deliver party leader Mark Latham both youth and green votes.
Ever since he announced he wished to enter politics, he has been
courted. He was expected to join the Greens party.
But a celebrity-studded list of other candidates could also try to
jostle for the seat. Former high-profile AMA president Dr Kerryn Phelps
has been in discussions with Labor officials for months about joining
the Latham team. She declined to comment yesterday on the Kingsford
Another name put forward was legal expert Professor George Williams.
But the most likely outcome is that Garrett will be parachuted into the
safe Labor seat.
President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, he could help shift
some of the Greens' exploding support in NSW and nationally to Labor.
The environmental party barnstormed its way on to inner-Sydney city
councils at the March local government elections and doubled its vote
across NSW. Federally, it is polling as high as 20 per cent in some
Garrett joining Labor could upset some of his mates.
Greens leader Bob Brown said yesterday: "I can't see Peter standing for
a party that has sent the chainsaws into Tasmania's forests and has fed
1080 poison to Tasmania's wildlife, including endangered species."
Like another, and eventually doomed, celebrity Labor recruit, Cheryl
Kernot, Garrett would want to be more than just a backbencher if he
joined the Labor team. Last month he warned that major political parties
ignored the environment "at their own peril".
Garrett could not be contacted for comment yesterday.
His candidacy might finally put an end to any federal dreams of NSW
Premier Bob Carr..