ALEXANDRIA: As it is becoming evident that climate change is one of the leading issues amongst voters this federal election, community groups have been seeking responses on environmental issues at candidates forums across Sydney.
In 2013, sitting member Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, was elected with a two-party preferred margin of 14.7 per cent. In the latest boundary redistribution, the seat of Sydney became slightly less safe for Labor, but still very safe.
Greens MP Jenny Leong relishes the privilege of having been elected to serve the people of Newtown. The past month has seen her give an inaugural speech in parliament, set up an electoral office in King Street, and engage a host of constituents on key issues including the WestConnex project, the Central to Eveleigh development, affordable housing and the maintenance of “diverse, safe, vibrant community spaces”. It’s an exciting time for the newly elected MP who brings palpable enthusiasm and expertise in a range of fields well suited to her portfolio responsibilities: Arts and Creative Industries, Rental and Tenancy Housing, LGBTIQ and Human Rights.
Balmain is shaping up to be a hotly contested seat between sitting member Jamie Parker (Greens), former member and Minister Verity Firth (Labor), and 24-year-old Lyndon Gannon (Liberal), an office manager for a pro-Liberal lobbying consultancy.
The proposed changes to council elections have been met with strong opposition from many members of the City of Sydney. The changes, which are part of the bill introduced to the state parliament on August 14 by Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Bersak, would see businesses given two votes in elections.