The Greens have announced Councillor John Mackenzie as their candidate for the seat of Newcastle in the upcoming Federal election.
On his selection John said:
“Firstly, to all Greens members, thank you for the trust and confidence you have shown in me in allowing me to once again represent you at this election.
As a Councillor for the City of Newcastle, I’ve had the opportunity to stand up and represent our vision for this city. I’ve championed renewable and clean energy initiatives from the solar farm to electric vehicle infrastructure to microgrids. I’ve worked to make Newcastle a state leader in affordable housing and refugee justice. I’ve been a staunch advocate for new urbanism and appropriate development, and I’ve taken at times unpopular positions on cycleways and transport corridors to future proof our city.
As a federal member for Newcastle, my values will remain the same.
I’m standing to represent the Greens commitment to 100% renewable energy and a public transport system that will create jobs and tackle climate change.
I’m standing so that we all can access a doctor when we need one, and a dentist before we need one.
I’m standing to change the rules to give all working people the basic rights they need to improve their living standards.
I’m standing to permanently protect our precious coast from the greed of mining companies who would see it become a gas field.
I’m looking forward to campaigning for a better future for our great city, and a better future for all of us.
And I look forward to catching up with you soon.”