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Greens' historic win.

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20 October 2002


The Australian Greens are celebrating Michael Organ’s win in the federal seat of Cunningham.

Senator Bob Brown said the win was due to five things:

1) A sincere local candidate who promoted local issues, including Sandon Point. 2) Labor’s failure to respect local sentiment in Cunningham. 3) The backfire of Labor’s last-ditch effort to discredit the Greens on global warming and jobs. 4) Disenchantment with the Howard Government. 5) Opposition to Australian involvement in Iraq.

Labor outspent the Greens by more than 10:1 in the campaign. Senator Brown said Michael Organ had demonstrated an ability to get across difficult issues and stand up to the big party machines.

“His win is a breath of fresh air in Australian politics. The Greens are on the move. This is the first time a minor party has won a seat in the House since the Second World War,” Senator Brown said.

In Wollongong today Michael Organ dedicated his win to the victims of Bali and with children and surfers and Senator Bob Brown floated a laurel wreath of native flowers out to sea from Sandon Point beach.

Further information: Ben Oquist 0419 704 095

Category: Senate Office Author: Ben Oquist