Greens to unveil innovation platform at Newcastle Town Hall forum

Greens MPs Adam Bandt and Senator Lee Rhiannon will join Newcastle Federal Candidate John Mackenzie in Newcastle on Friday 18th March to launch the Greens ‘Bright Ideas for Newcastle’ platform. At the first of a series of public forums in the lead-up to the Federal Election, the three speakers will show how the Greens’ progressive approach to innovation – in Senate reform, in industry and in regional sustainability – presents a positive vision for the future of Newcastle.

Greens Senator for New South Wales Lee Rhiannon said that democratic innovations to ensure government policies better reflect the public good were a key part of the package. “For innovation to flourish and deliver on 21st century challenges we need to unlock the expertise and advice of ordinary people. Technology provides massive opportunities to achieve this. The Greens plan to open up our democracy for greater public involvement in decision making.”

Candidate for the seat of Newcastle John Mackenzie said, “We are all being bombarded with Turnbull’s advertising campaign for a so-called Ideas Boom, which is big on rhetoric but noticeably lacking any actual ideas.”

“Real innovation drives technology and change that improves quality of life and benefits everyone. The Greens have a model of innovation that is about creative solutions to equip families, households and neighbourhoods to deal with the real problems of global climatic and financial uncertainty,” said John Mackenzie. “This means innovation that nurtures new industries and business models for a low carbon future, that transforms our voting system to put power back into the hands of voters, and that ensures healthy landscapes and livelihoods for regional communities.”

“The progressive approach to innovation in the Greens election platform will resonate with Newcastle audiences as our community adjusts to the realities of the new post-carbon economy,” said John Mackenzie.

“Being so aware of the sad situation in Hunter coal-dependent towns, I know how much Newcastle needs fresh thinking about a future that has its people’s lives, livelihoods and health at the forefront”, said “Rich Land, Wasteland” author, Sharyn Munro, who will facilitate the forum.

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Event: Innovating Our Future – Newcastle Greens Public Forum

When: Friday 18th March 7:30pm

Where: Hunter Room, Newcastle Town Hall

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