Adrian Wone quits Greens Party
BEING green was a hard slog for federal election candidate Adrian Wone who resigned from the Greens Party yesterday.
The former Greens candidate will now run for the seat of Hinkler as an independent.
“The recent debacle over allocation of preferences is contrary to the line given to me at time of endorsement and compromises my own stand on local preferencing,” Mr Wone said.
“It has been increasingly obvious to me that for the Greens Party this election is only about shoring up Bob Brown in the senate.”
Mr Wone, who has spent $20,000 of his superannuation on the campaign, said he felt disappointed with his treatment by the Greens Party.
“My vote will probably deteriorate substantially but it’s principle that I’m standing on.”
Greens campaign co-ordinator Sam La Rocca said they were informed of Mr Wone’s decision yesterday and wished him well.
“We will be having a candidate in Hinkler but we cannot say who it will be at this stage.”
But if they wish to contest the seat, the Greens must move with nominations for candidates affiliated with a party closing at noon tomorrow.
Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said he was surprised to hear Mr Wone had parted with the Greens.
“I don’t know if he was pressured or disillusioned but frankly he deserved better,” he said.
Labor party hopeful Belinda McNeven said Mr Wone’s decision to become independent did not change her prospects as far as she was concerned.
“I’m determined to keep working hard to get Labor into government and I think the best for the region would be to have a Labor representative in parliament.”
Independent candidate Cy D’Oliveira thought the move would confuse voters with two independents on the ballot paper.
“I think the votes that he was going to get as a Greens candidate will disappear and I think they will come over to me,” he said.
Family First candidate Trevor Versace did not think Mr Wone’s resignation would impact much on the vote.