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FW: [Powderworks] Latest on PG

Ross Locket rosslocket at optusnet.com.au
Wed Jun 9 19:58:49 MDT 2004

Unfortunately there are not too many safer Labour seats than Kingsford Smith
and I don't think PG would lose the unloseable.

-----Original Message-----
From: curtis carter [mailto:curtiscarter at sympatico.ca]
Sent: Thursday, 10 June 2004 11:53 AM
To: Ross Locket
Subject: Re: [Powderworks] Latest on PG

dare I say what would happen if he loses the election???  farewell and
golfing tours perhaps???

Ross Locket wrote:

>Unfortunately workers this announcement today probably spells the end of
>chance of a farewell tour.
>Latham confirms Garrett running
>10:15 AEST Thu Jun 10 2004
>Environmentalist and rock star Peter Garrett would run as Labor's candidate
>for the Sydney federal seat of Kingsford Smith, Labor leader Mark Latham
>The announcement ends speculation about Mr Garrett running for the seat
>by Laurie Brereton, who last week announced he would retire at the next
>It comes despite intense opposition from local ALP branch members, who
>wanted a local Labor Party member to stand, and a report Mr Garrett had not
>voted in a federal election for a decade.
>Mr Garrett resigned his position as president of the Australian
>Foundation (ACF) to run for parliament, ACF executive director Don Henry
>Standing alongside Mr Latham at Sydney's Maroubra Beach at the heart of the
>Kingsford Smith electorate, Mr Garrett said he would apply himself
>diligently and honestly to the role.
>He said he had been impressed by the way Labor had addressed the most
>important environmental issue - climate change and global warming.
>"If ever you wanted to see solid policy already in place, it's a policy
>I totally endorse and support, and you see it on climate change," Mr
>"Now that is one of the most compelling environment and social and national
>and international issues that we face.
>"The Howard government is virtually silent on it, Labor is not. I feel very
>comfortable with that."
>Asked whether he would offer Mr Garrett a frontbench position, Mr Latham
>said: "That of course is a matter for the Labor caucus but I'd be surprised
>that if at some time in the future Peter wasn't a frontline minister in a
>Labor government.
>"He's got a lot to offer. He's got a big contribution to make and of course
>we want a contribution to be made in the most appropriate capacity.
>"Inevitably, it's a matter for caucus, but in the fullness of time I'd
>expect Peter to be there as one of our frontline contributors."
>This is what Peter said In 1990 - he told The Sunday Telegraph: "I would
>[run again] but I would only want to do it if a lot of people wanted me to,
>because it's a dog's life surrounded by hypocrites and drunks. It's no way
>to spend the rest of your working life. I want a more instinctive and
>hopefully passionate sort of life."
>Perhaps he sees it as a great challenge to change our politicians from
>"hypocrites and drunks" to   intellgent caring people?
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