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Brown endorses activist Sheikh

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Chris Johnson

Simon Sheikh has been endorsed by former Greens leader Bob Brown.

Simon Sheikh has been endorsed by former Greens leader Bob Brown. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Former Greens leader Bob Brown has endorsed Simon Sheikh to represent the party in its bid to unseat Liberal senator Gary Humphries in next year's federal election.

The ACT Greens membership will gather in Canberra on Wednesday night to hear from all those seeking the minor party's preselection for the Senate as well as for the lower house seats of Fraser and Canberra.

As the former director of lobby group GetUp!, Mr Sheikh has by the far the highest profile of all the candidates.

But he has received some criticism for seeking nomination after having only recently joined the party and moved to Canberra.

The three-week preselection ballot is already in process and will close on Monday, December 3.

Greens leader Christine Milne has already welcomed Mr Sheikh's willingness to join her team in federal Parliament, and now her predecessor has done likewise.

Dr Brown has given Mr Sheikh the nod on his candidate statement that will go to all party members.

''Simon's work for a more progressive and environmentally focused Australia has been outstanding,'' the former Greens leader said.

Neither Dr Brown nor Senator Milne will have a vote in the preselection ballot, but their opinions are highly regarded by the local Greens.

Only about 10 per cent of the 600 or so ACT Greens members are expected to turn up to Wednesday's meetings, but most of the membership will cast a vote before the ballot closes.

Long-time Greens member Kate Hamilton has described Mr Sheikh as a celebrity candidate and she wants the party to instead preselect her for the Senate campaign.

''I grew up in Canberra and feel a deep sense of connectedness to the country and the people,'' she said on her candidate statement.

''I have a compelling vision for Canberra as a dynamic, sustainable, growing economy.''

When contacted by The Canberra Times, Mr Sheikh welcomed Dr Brown's support. ''At the end of the day it is the members of the ACT Greens who will decide who is worthy of their trust and I look forward to continuing to engage with them,'' he said.

6 comments

  • Welcome Simon, "Sheikh em up"

    Commenter
    Another Grumpyoldfart
    Date and time
    November 20, 2012, 8:35AM
    • Greens? we will see how many Greens will be left at the next election.

      Commenter
      Phil
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      November 20, 2012, 10:02AM
      • I agree with your analysis, but I suspect I disagree with how you feel about it.

        Commenter
        His Lordship
        Date and time
        November 20, 2012, 10:44AM
    • Well one thing is for sure, Bob without doubt left a Brown stain on Australian politics.
      Like all good lead rats though, he abandoned ship when he realised the wipeout that was coming!!!
      Seriously though the greens (and their labor bed buddies to a lesser extent) are close to political destruction even locally with the many lefty have no idea Canberra wanna be green voters. Look at what has happen to them across Australia recently. They are a laughing stock. Only pity is that poor Canberra is now left with an ex-greenpeace warrior (whoops Lord Mayor thanks Ms Gallagher) pulling the strings in Canberra.
      God help us all, especially if anyone can survive the next four years and still afford to live in Canberra.
      Luckily after the Federal election the greens will be reduced to the loud but insignificant minority they are, and pretty much treated with the small amount of respect they deserve. If only they were really just about protecting the environment people might not have turned off to them. People have learnt the hard way, and labor will rue forming a coalition with them.
      Now go away Bob, your work is done.

      Commenter
      Peter
      Date and time
      November 20, 2012, 10:23AM
      • Peter, exactly.

        Commenter
        NITRO GANGSTER
        Date and time
        November 20, 2012, 12:20PM
    • My prediction for the upcoming federal election is one Green senator and no greens in the lower house regardless of their changes in policy to seem popular.

      Commenter
      Tony of Kureelpa
      Location
      tony.stiller@bigpond.com
      Date and time
      November 20, 2012, 12:32PM
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