The Greens today announced former Newcastle Greens councillor Ian McKenzie as their candidate for the federal division of Charlton.
Mr McKenzie, who now lives in the Charlton electorate, was chosen to step in when the previously announced Greens candidate, Lynden Jacobi (who is a dual Australian and United States citizen), had to withdraw her candidature due to the constitutional ban on dual citizens being elected as members of parliament.
Ironically, The Greens have been trying to change this section of the constitution for many years.
“Lynden would have been an excellent Greens candidate for Charlton,” Mr McKenzie said.
“This anachronistic constitutional provision, drafted during the nineteenth century in the horse-and-buggy period when Australia was preparing for nationhood, reminds us how much our constitution is in need of change to allow Australia to adapt to the global realities of the twenty-first century.”
Mr McKenzie, who runs his own business as a consulting arborist, retired as a Newcastle Greens councillor in 2007 after serving for nine years.
“I’m enjoying living in Eraring, and becoming part of the Lake Macquarie community,” he said.
“And it’s an excellent area to represent The Greens, because Charlton residents know first hand the impact of coal mining, poor public transport and will have the proverbial rising seas lapping at the doorsteps.”
Mr McKenzie said that he would be campaigning primarily on climate change, population and sustainability issues.
Contact details: Ian McKenzie – mob: 0414 682 001; email: firstname.lastname@example.org