In the last few days, the Greens in Australia’s two largest states have closed nominations for their Senate preselections. In both NSW and Victoria, the process will be decided by a ballot of all members, although processes may vary in some ways. The Victorian Greens will have the process concluded by the end of May, while the Greens NSW will conclude the Senate ticket at the 11 July State Council meeting. I’m not going to get into commentary about candidates, but I will post the list of names with a brief description of who they are.
Update (again): So it turns out that nominations have not been officially announced in Victoria and there are more names to come. This should be resolved over the course of the next week.
In New South Wales
- Ted Bassingthwaighte
- Adam Butler – Inner West Greens
- Cate Faehrmann – Director of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW since 2004, previously SA lead Senate candidate in 2001.
- Keith McIlroy – Lane Cove councillor since 2008
- Lee Rhiannon – Sitting Member of the Legislative Council since 1999.
- Jennifer Alden – Lead candidate for Northern Victoria, 2006 state election
- Peter Campbell – Candidate for Kooyong in 2001, 2004 and 2007, amongst other elections.
- Richard di Natale – Lead Senate candidate in 2007, candidate for state seat of Melbourne 2002, 2006.
- Jim Reiher – Lead candidate for South-Eastern Metropolitan, 2006 state election
- Janet Rice – Former Mayor of Maribyrnong and Vice President of the Victorian Local Government Association.
- David Risstrom – Former Melbourne City Councillor, lead Senate candidate in 2004.
- Berhan Ahmed – 2009 Victorian of the Year
I have no information yet on when preselections will take place in Queensland, South Australia and the ACT (not WA and Tasmania, where I expect Senators Siewert and Milne to be returned easily).
Update: I have fixed a couple of links and ordered the candidates alphabetically to avoid bias. Apparently the list of Victorian candidates is not a complete list, so watch this space.
Update #2: Oz in comments reports back from a conversation with SA Greens MLC Mark Parnell. Apparently the SA Greens will choose their Legislative Council ticket from July-September and then choose their Senate ticket after that.