Greens State Conference & AGM

Yesterday and today was the Greens State Conference. Yesterday we had the AGM in which I was elected Deputy Convenor for the Queensland Greens. It will be my role to support the branches, the membership base, the convenor and Management Committee to ensure all goes smoothly for the future of the Queensland Greens. I’m delighted…

I missed Tampa Day

One of the unfortunate things about wearing a number of different hats is that I had to miss Tampa Day today due to my commitment to attend the Queensland Greens Annual General Meeting. I was on the Tampa Day organising committee and also helped paint some banners last week and provided the calico too! I…

By-election Day!

Had a rewarding election day. I confronted the media and then Peter Beattie with the dodgy ‘how to vote’ cards that Labor Party representatives were distributing to voters. Featuring the same size and colours at the Greens’ own ‘how to vote’ cards, the cards advised Greens voters to preference Labor second. Being that the Greens…

Premier challenged on democracy Queensland style

Premier Beattie was today challenged by the Queensland Greens to implement proportional representation in Queensland and to announce his intention to do so at the launch of the International Conference on Engaging Communities. Elissa Jenkins and Pete Johnson, Greens Candidates in next weekend’s by-election agreed the conference focused on excellence in grassroots democracy. However, during…

Greens get serious in Chatsworth

The Queensland Greens will not direct preferences to any party in the Chatsworth or Redcliffe by-elections. Queensland Greens Convenor and Spokesperson, Howard Nielsen, said major factors that influenced the decision were the poor performance of the Beattie Labor government and the inept performance of the Coalition Opposition. “The unacceptable performance of the Beattie Labor government…

May the best ‘man’ win says Premier

“May the best man win” said Peter Beattie yesterday to Liberal candidate for Chatsworth Michael Caltabiano when they met on the campaign trail, clearly forgetting the existence of a female candidate in the electorate. Greens candidate for Chatsworth, Elissa Jenkins, said the language the Premier used was indicative of the boys club mentality inherent in…

Qld Government: Putting the suss into sustainable

The Environment Minister’s release yesterday of a new Sustainable Housing Code is a step forward, but is brimming with missed opportunity. Queensland Greens candidate for Chatsworth Elissa Jenkins said it did little to move Queensland’s current housing stock toward sustainability. “It does nothing to inspire the innovative design of new sustainable homes and has failed…