24 February 2011
Labor, Liberal and Independent candidates from the Lake Macquarie electorates of Charlestown, Lake Macquarie and Swansea were invited to front the Lake Macquarie Greens membership and make a pitch for why Greens should recommend preferences to them.
“Preference recommendations are an important part of our democratic electoral system,” Greens candidate for Lake Macquarie, Ms Charmian Eckersley said.
“Often preference recommendations are decided by the candidates and / or the campaign organisers,” Ms Eckersley said.
“We decided that in-line with the Greens principle of grassroots democracy, we would involve our grassroots membership in consideration of preference recommendations.”
“The Labor and Independent candidates who attended the forum were given 10 minutes each to make a pitch as to why Greens should recommend preferences to them, followed by 5 minutes for questions to each candidate,” Ms Eckersley said.
“Liberal candidates from the three Lake Macquarie electorates decided to snub the invitation, despite Liberal protestation in the past about Greens preferences being directed to Labor,” Ms Eckersley said.
“Greens members’ input will be considered over the next week or two and once all candidates are known, Lake Macquarie Greens will finalise preference recommendations for the 26 March ballot,” Ms Eckersley said.
Further information: Charmian Eckersley – 0407 730 410
Lake Macquarie Greens