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The West leads the way, again

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 17 May 2009

Today, Federal Greens senators for WA Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam joined WA Greens Upper House MPs Giz Watson, Robin Chapple, Alison Xamon and Lynn MacLaren on the steps of the WA Parliament to congratulate Adele Carles on her historic win of the seat of Fremantle.

"This is the first time the Greens have ever beaten the ALP on primary votes," Ms Carles said.

"The people of Fremantle have entrusted the Greens with their first seat in the WA Legislative Assembly.

"This is a victory for the people of Fremantle and for democracy. We have forever shattered the two-party myth in Australia.

"The voice of the community has finally come through in Fremantle. People have dared to look beyond the old parties that have continually let us down.

"What has happened in Fremantle makes history but it also the shape of the future. I am committed to working towards the vision of Fremantle being Australia's first truly green city."

Federal Greens Senator Rachel Siewert congratulated Adele on breaking down a crucial barrier in Australia's political history by winning the country's first lower house seat without proportional representation.

"With two Federal senators and now five WA members of Parliament, WA will now be represented by more than any other State and it is because the Greens are the party that truly delivers on environmental, economic and social justice," Senator Siewert said.

"People know that we will stand up for their human rights; their rights at work and the right of everyone in the community, whatever their background, to be looked after.

"Adele's victory in Fremantle is as significant as Jo Vallentine's Greening of the Senate in 1983," Senator Siewert continued.

"After showing the way, Jo was reelected in WA and the Greens have gone from strength to strength.

"There are good reasons why more and more people are voting Green, and yesterday we received a renewed mandate.

"Both the WA and Federal Governments should hear this message from the people of Western Australia. It is time both Liberal and Labor spent less time being led by big business and more time overcoming our biggest challenges such as climate change, economic recession and building the green economy."  

WA Greens MLC Giz Watson said WA's track record in holding balance of power in WA's Upper House had led to better decision-making.

"It has broken the Liberal-Labor monopoly and improved the level of debate in our democracy," Ms Watson said.

"We work with government when its efforts can be improved, and we are not afraid to voice strong opposition when necessary.

"With four members in WA's Upper House and now Adele in the Lower House, I am delighted that we now have official party status."

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