Greens back elderly
THE Greens Party yesterday officially opened its campaign headquarters for the seat of Tweed in the March 26 state election while highlighting promises aimed at a number of elderly voters as well as conservationists.
In a seat that boasts a high proportion of older voters, Greens candidate Andrea Vickers threw her support behind voluntary euthanasia saying it was about “the rights of the terminally ill to choose the time of their death in a dignified manner”.
Ms Vickers was accompanied at the opening of her campaign headquarters by retiring Byron-based Upper House MP Ian Cohen who announced he would be back in the Tweed next week with euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke for a public forum on euthanasia.
Also at her launch was Greens Party Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham.
Her campaign office is located prominently in Tweed Heads South, opposite Tweed City Shopping Centre at the intersection of Machinery and Minjungbal Drives.
Ms Vickers supported possible new legislation to make euthanasia legal in NSW saying “the right to choose when to die” was an issue of concern for many older people in an age when they could be kept alive by technology well after they were able to enjoy their life.
Mr Cohen said the Greens had been working to legalise euthanasia since 2001.
“The Greens are the only substantial party in NSW which advocates for the rights of the terminally ill,” Mr Cohen said.
“As Greens we give an undertaking that we will continue this campaign, and it’s especially pertinent in Tweed with its high number of retirees and voluntary euthanasia activists in the area.”
Ms Vickers also called on the Labor candidate Reese Byrnes and sitting National Party MP Geoff Provest “to go one step further” in their statements opposing the proposed Byrrill Creek dam south west of Murwillumbah.
She said both should detail their policies for water management.
“What we really need for Tweed is for both the Coalition and Labor to detail their policies for improved integrated water management,” Ms Vickers said.
“The Greens’ water policy includes increased incentives for rainwater tanks, better use of recycled water, and high efficiency standards for new appliances.”