Voters in the Hunter will determine the final Senate seat, say Greens

The final Senate seat in NSW is set to be a close contest and fewer than 15,000 voters could decide the outcome, says Greens Senate candidate Michael Osborne.

Bob Brown Wants a Senator from the Hunter

“Election pollsters are suggesting that the final Senate seat in NSW looks more and more likely to be a contest between myself and the Liberal Democrats David Leyonhjelm,” says Greens Senate candidate Michael Osborne.

“If that is the case, there is a stark contrast between the two contenders for the last seat,” says Greens Senate candidate Michael Osborne.

“While Leyonhjelm has in the last term voted with the Coalition 70% of the time, is fiercely anti-renewables and has railed against the successful plain packaging laws, the Greens offer a genuine alternative to the Coalition,” says Greens Senate candidate Michael Osborne.

“The Greens have comprehensive, well-formed policies that offer a brighter future for communities, whether it is in our Renew Australia clean energy jobs policy that is good for workers and the environment or our robust education and health policies that invest in people. We are standing up for the issues that matter,” says Greens Senate candidate Michael Osborne.

“In the coming days, voters in the Hunter could determine the mix in the Senate. If 3% of voters across the Hunter shift to a Greens vote on the white upper house ballot paper, they could deliver a local Senator,” says Greens Senate candidate Michael Osborne.

“The Senate is important, not just as a ‘House of Review’ but also, as former Senator Don Chipp once said, ‘to keep the bastards honest’,” says Greens Senate candidate Michael Osborne.

Contact: Michael Osborne 0439 442 984

Short biography of Michael Osborne

Michael Osborne is the longest serving Greens Councillor elected to Newcastle City Council (first elected 2004), is the chair of Newcastle’s Strategic Environment Advisory Committee and initiated the development of Council’s Cycling Strategy and Action Plan.

He is a strong community advocate and campaigner. He is active in the community, speaking at community actions, forums and rallies. He co-founded and developed the Green Corridor Coalition, an alliance of more than 50 community and environment groups committed to the protection of biodiversity corridors in the Hunter.

Michael serves on the Board of The Wilderness Society Newcastle and The Wilderness Society Australia. He is an environmental engineer with management qualifications, a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Conjoint Fellow at the University of Newcastle.

He is the Greens Senate candidate for the 2016 Federal election, second in the ticket after Senator Lee Rhiannon.

Voter numbers (

HUNTER 113,465

LYNE 111,907


PATERSON 112,541


TOTAL 561,429

15,000 voters = 2.7% of total


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