We had a very interesting speaker at our April meeting. Jeremy Smith is the Middle East Project Officer for Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA and manages long term development and refugee response projects with Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories and with Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Jeremy recently returned from a trip to Gaza. He talked about the impact of the ongoing conflict, the military blockade of the strip, the destruction from the last war and the failure of the international community, including Australia, to respond.
Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon also dropped in to hear Jeremy speak. It was a great opportunity to talk to Lee about the NSW State Election and also get her perspective on the issues in Palestine.
It’s been a titanic team effort, spread out over two electorates, ten months of campaigning, and hundreds of volunteers.
The NSW election is now over, and the results speak for themselves – we’ve had an outstanding achievement in both Ryde and Epping.
With counting complete, the Greens have scored 11.5% of the vote in Ryde, and 14.1% in Epping – representing close to 2% post-redistrubition swings in both electorates.
Together, we have demonstrated the power of grassroots democracy, of evidence-based policy, and of future-thinking. The Ryde-Epping area is inching towards marginal seat status, and is slowly but surely turning Green.
Your contribution to the election, big or small, has made a difference and we really appreciate your support.
Thank you for all that you have done to help us as your candidates fight for your community and your future.
The Greens continue to build momentum as a force to be reckoned with in the Northern Districts and we look forward to continuing to fight the good fight with you.
As a token of our appreciation, above and attached, is a collage of photos and images from the campaign. We hope you enjoy it.
Yours in a Cleaner, Fairer, Better Ryde-Epping and NSW,
Emma and Justin.
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