Thank you people of Moreton. Your respect for Greens policies shines through.
The Greens in Moreton received an 8.7% swing and doubled our vote. With 74% of the vote counted, we have received 15.76% of the primary vote. What an extraordinary indication that my local community is seeking leadership, a voice for and alternative decisions made in the areas of disability support (loud and clear!), public education, higher education, refugees (from the rooftops!), poverty, housing, renewable energy (a no brainer!), healthcare, aged care (absolutely fundamental!) and mental health reform.
What a great electorate and WHAT an amazing grassroots campaign run on the smell of an oily rag.
It means so much to me to have fronted for The Greens in Moreton and it warms the cockles of my heart (below the cockles) to see Larissa Waters win a seat in the Senate. For the first time since I began voting 16 years ago, I have a representative in Queensland who speaks for me. I cannot believe it has finally happened! Congratulations Larissa!!
Thanks also to Ian (Moreton campaign organiser), Sean (volunteer extraordinaire), Peter (letterbox coordinator), scrutineers, booth-workers, letterboxers, stall-holders, state campaign team, national team, senate team, Qld & national web teams and party founders Drew & Libby for their incredible foresight … the list is endless!
On a personal note, I wouldn’t have been able to manage over the last few months without the support of my wonderful Mum and Dad (coming home to find my house clean and sparkling was a treat!); my new friends Kate and Tyrone (who let me be); my staff and colleagues at work (who graciously coped with my work-a-holism); my poor neglected dog (more walks are on their way Pacey!); my Facebook & Twitter friends and supporters; and my oldest & most beautiful buds (you know who you are).
On a more somber note, this week marked a year since my oldest friend took her own life. A day of this campaign hasn’t passed without thinking of you, sweets.
Love and respect to you all in Moreton. I hope we see the changes we deserve.