The Newcastle Greens today announced Newcastle City Councillor Michael Osborne as their candidate to contest the seat of Newcastle in the Federal Election on Saturday 14 September 2013.
“I am honoured to be preselected to represent the Greens in the upcoming Federal Election and to stand up for the concerns of Newcastle people,” Cr Michael Osborne said.
“Labor has let Newcastle down by slashing funding to our University and slashing funding to renewable energy, as well as failing to support single parents and the unemployed,” Cr Michael Osborne said.
“These things didn’t have to happen, if Labor had the backbone to stand up to the big mining companies and abolish fossil fuel subsidies and fix the mining tax. This year the mining tax collected a shocking $200 million, down from the promised $3 billion,” Cr Michael Osborne said.
“We can’t trust Labor to take care of our community and Abbott would give even more to the mining lobby. Instead of fixing the mining tax to invest in things we need – the old parties are turning away from people in favour of billionaires and mining companies. The Greens are the only ones in Parliament fighting for people and the environment,” Cr Michael Osborne said.
“Newcastle needs a Member of Parliament who has the courage to stand up for Newcastle people and be the voice for a more caring society,” Cr Michael Osborne said.
Michael Osborne is a Greens councillor on Newcastle City Council and was first elected in March 2004. He is an environmental engineer with management qualifications.
Cr Osborne is a vocal advocate for the Newcastle community, standing up for residents living close to industry, campaigning for Newcastle to receive a greater share of tax revenue and pushing for cutting pollution and making clean energy cheaper.
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