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Greens preselection candidates for Newtown

The Returning Officer nominated to manage the preselection, Mr Seamus Lee, said: “All financial members living in the seat are eligible to vote in the Greens Newtown preselection, with Meet the Candidate forums organised to allow members to ask questions and hear directly from the nominees.”

Newtown is predicted to be an intense and exciting competition between the Greens and the Labor Party. The ABC’s election analyst Antony Green has identified the seat as notionally Green, based on the results of the last state election.

The final count and announcement of the Greens result will take place on March 22.

Fiona Byrne

A 12-year veteran of the Greens, Fiona Byrne served two terms on Marrickville Council and was elected the first female Mayor of Marrickville in 2010. Fiona is passionate about the Inner West and committed to the diverse and inclusive community where she has lived for 20 years.

During her time on Council and as Mayor, Fiona successfully campaigned for improved community services, advocated for more inclusive approaches for our most at-risk local residents – particularly youth and boarding house residents – and vigorously protested against government attacks on the social safety net, the sell-off of public assets and the lack of action on issues relating to climate change.

As the child of Irish migrant parents who moved to Newtown in the early 1970s, Fiona’s commitment to social justice and active leadership on key community issues is directly related to her lived experience. Now a mother of three herself, Fiona joined the Greens because she believes in an equitable and sustainable future for all, and her commitment to these principles has shaped her work within the Greens for more than a decade. It is what motivated her achievements on Council and what motivates her to run in the preselection for Newtown.

Jenny Leong

Jenny Leong has lived, studied and worked in the suburbs that make up the electorate of Newtown for close to 20 years.

Jenny has held community leadership, campaign coordination and project management roles in the not-for-profit sector at local, national, regional and global levels. She was a crisis and global Human Rights campaigner for Amnesty International working in London, Hong Kong and Sydney. Most recently she worked as the Federal Election Campaign Coordinator for the NSW Greens supporting the campaigning efforts across the state.

As a postgraduate student at the University of Sydney she was President of the Sydney University Postgraduate Association and a fellow on the University of Sydney Senate. In these roles she successfully secured funding for student organisations, which ensured their survival in the face of VSU.

Jenny has been an active member of the Greens for over a decade. She is one of the many political activists that was born out of the Howard years – appalled by the Coalition’s divisive and destructive agenda, disillusioned by weak opposition from Labor and inspired by the conviction and compassion of the Greens.

 

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