Greens offer ex-Army colonel to represent QLD in Senate
AUSTRALIAN Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne today announced two new Greens candidates who will represent Queensland at the 2013 election.
Senator Milne said Brisbane GP Dr Sandra Bayley and former Australian Defence Forces Colonel Stuart Yeaman, AM, will join the Greens' Senate ticket alongside lead candidate Adam Stone.
"I am very pleased that we have such as strong line-up in Queensland for this year's election," Senator Milne said.
"In 2010, Larissa Waters made history by becoming Queensland's first Australian Greens Senator. Larissa has been doing a great job at representing Queensland at the federal level fighting to protect the Great Barrier Reef and Cape York and working hard in the Senate to stop coal seam gas companies from destroying agricultural land and water.
"The Greens are the only party who will take a strong stand against Tony Abbott in both houses of Parliament for action on global warming, environmental protection and a more caring Australia. It is vital we strengthen the Greens in Parliament to prevent Abbott from gaining absolute power."
Dr Bayley said she wanted to provide a strong Greens voice in Queensland on a number of issues including the environment.
"The assaults on Queensland's natural environment are heart breaking," Dr Bayley said.
"We have sold out some of our best farm land while the Great Artesian Basin is at risk because of coal seam gas and a massive increase in coal mining.
"It is shocking to contemplate that we are turning our Great Barrier Reef from one of the world's great natural wonders into a coal ship highway."
Mr Yeaman, AM, left the Australian Defence Force last week after 26 years and immediately joined the Queensland Greens.
As a troop commander, squadron commander and Commanding Officer he led deployments to Bosnia Herzegovina, East Timor and Afghanistan. He is currently employed as a senior project manager at an environment and engineering consultancy firm in Brisbane.
Mr Yeaman, a single father of two children, said the Greens will play an important role in their future.
"The Greens philosophy of leaving the world and community in a better place is not just a cliché. We all need to work hard to protect our environment and create a caring society if our children and grandchildren are going to have a positive and prosperous future," he said.