Greens recycle Ebono as candidate

THE Greens Party has recycled its candidate for the Federal seat of Richmond, revealing that Giovanni (Joe) Ebono, a Byron-based environmentalist who ran as the Greens candidate in the 2007 election, will have another go in this year’s poll.

The party yesterday revealed Mr Ebono as its candidate while announcing that one of its top women politicians, NSW Upper House Member and Senate candidate Lee Rhiannon, would launch his campaign this weekend.

Previously the party had stayed quiet on who its candidate might be, with speculation that Tweed Shire Greens councillor Katie Milne could be in the running if she could clear the legal debt incurred in trying to stop last year’s Repco Australia Rally.

Ms Rhiannon said she would launch Mr Ebono’s campaign, focusing on “sustainable housing” on Sunday morning at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

“I’m looking forward to campaigning with local Greens members, elected representatives and candidates,” Ms Rhiannon said.

Mr Ebono could not be reached.

In the 2007 election he stood out as the candidate keen to get involved in funny photos.

At one stage he even dressed up as Mandrake the Magician trying to conjure a train out of thin air, drawing attention to the major parties’ rhetoric on the axed Murwillumbah to Casino train line.



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