Australia

Greens choose familiar face to replace dumped candidate

He has been chosen to run for the party once again, this time in the inner-north Brisbane seat of Clayfield, one of the key seats the Greens hope to pick up at the October 31 state election.

The seat is held by former state treasurer and LNP leader Tim Nicholls on a 2.4 per cent margin.

Mr Bartlett said the state was in the grips of a housing and jobs crisis.

"For things to change, we need to change our politicians. Clayfield is a marginal Liberal seat with a high and growing Green vote," he said.

"It sits within the boundaries of the federal seat of Brisbane which I contested last year, gaining votes from both Liberal and Labor.

Then-senators Andrew Bartlett and Natasha Stott-Despoja in June, 1999, voting against the GST. They were the only Democrats to do so.

Then-senators Andrew Bartlett and Natasha Stott-Despoja in June, 1999, voting against the GST. They were the only Democrats to do so.Credit:Michael Bowers

"I’ve lived in the seat for many years, grew up and went to school here. The desires of developers and big corporations have been prioritised over the needs and concerns of the community."

The Greens dumped their original candidate, Mr Meyer, last month in a messy and public spat.

Mr Meyer was preselected for the seat after securing almost 20 per cent of the primary vote in nearby Stafford at the 2017 election.

He was disendorsed days after writing to party officials about the legality of a raffle and demanding more resources to help run his campaign against LNP incumbent Mr Nicholls.

In correspondence, seen by Brisbane Times, Mr Meyer gave the party until 5pm, August 31, to meet his "reasonable demands".

In a statement released on September 1, Queensland Greens convenor Penny Allman-Payne said the party took "a zero-tolerance approach to the making of threats and intimidation" and he was disendorsed.

Mr Meyer and the Greens have rejected allegations made against them.

Mr Bartlett said the party planned to create jobs by investing in public housing, local infrastructure, and publicly owned renewable energy.

"We will also invest in genuinely free public health and education with more doctors, nurses and bulk-billed community health clinics, as well as more teachers, smaller class sizes and no more fees," he said.

"We’ll fund our plans by making big mining corporations, banks and developers pay their fair share in taxes."

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