Stone makes intentions clear to bolster Greens' stocks
ADAM STONE, the Greens' most prominent state election candidate, will try to become the party's second Queensland senator at the federal election next year.
ADAM STONE, the Greens' most prominent state election candidate, will try to become the party's second Queensland senator at the federal election next year.Mr Stone will be named as the Greens' lead Senate candidate at the Brisbane Pride Festival fair at Perry Park at noon today.The Bardon resident was the Greens' lead candidate at this year's state election, where he contested the seat of Mt Coot-tha against the then Labor incumbent, Andrew Fraser.They both lost out to the LNP's Saxon Rice, but Mr Stone gained more than 20 per cent of the primary vote, the highest percentage in the state for any Greens candidate.Mr Stone hopes to join Larissa Waters, the state's first elected Greens senator, whom he has served as a media, communications and policy adviser, but acknowledged there was work to do in communicating the Greens' message to Queenslanders."We have seen support for us swell up and down in the polls over time," he said. "I think what tends to happen is there is a very high degree of support for a lot of what the Greens stand for and you often see that in opinion polls. When people are asked about issues, rather than political parties, they often back a lot of our positions - they back our advocacy for standing up for the rights of indigenous people, and for homosexual people, they back the idea of trying to get Australia ahead of the curve in terms of developing our clean energy. I think there is good reason to think there are a lot of people who support what the Greens stand for, which means we then just have a communication task ahead of us, to make sure people realise we are the party that represents those things."Mr Stone acknowledged Katter's Australian Party as a growing influence in Queensland politics and said there were issues where the two parties stood side by side, such as concerns for food and water security and the CSG industry, but for voters who were looking for a "genuinely progressive party", "I think the Greens are the only choice"."Over the years we have got to the point where we are far more than a single-issue party and I think that is what people expect," he said. "They are not going to vote for a party they think is only strong on the environment ... they want a party that is fit to govern. My part will be to communicate that we have progressive, forward, optimistic and ambitious solutions to address a whole range of public concerns."