NSW Greens MP John Kaye yesterday used the launch of the campaign of Farrer candidate, Chris Sobey, to promote the party’s push to make the state electricity supply 100 per cent renewable.
Dr Kaye and second-time candidate Mrs Sobey used the backdrop of the Murray River to sell the virtues of a 100 per cent renewable energy future within 15 years.
He said the state didn’t need coal, gas or native forest destruction to keep the lights on and run a healthy economy.
“Both Labor and the Nationals are denying Farrer the benefits of a clean-energy future and allowing the planet to move closer to climate disaster,” he said.
“There are tens of thousands of jobs waiting to be created in Farrer alone.”
Dr Kaye said Mrs Sobey was a quality candidate who “brings a lot of energy and wisdom to the campaign”.
“The challenge for Albury has always been it is a long way from Sydney,” she said.
“People say NSW stands for Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, but we are committed to more effort to engage with communities along the Murray.”
Mrs Sobey contested the 2007 federal poll and stood in the NSW election in the same year.
“We have let the health of the river go for too long,” she said.
“The news from the climate people is shocking.
“The extreme is going to become the normal.
“The cost of bushfires, drought and flood relief in the long run all increases the gross domestic product.
“We should go into debt to change things over to renewable energy and increase the GDP by building things.”