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The Greens’ hopes of winning their first Lower House seats in this weekend’s New South Wales election have suffered a double blow.
The party’s Marrickville candidate, Fiona Byrne, has been caught up in a major gaffe over a planned boycott of Israel, while one of the Greens’ other main hopes, Jamie Parker, now faces an uphill battle after a high-profile anti-corruption campaigner backed one of his rivals. (ABC)
The Marrickville mayor blasted a newspaper for claiming she would encourage the New South Wales Parliament to boycott Israel, with a policy known as BDS, if she is elected on Saturday.
Marrickville Council has banned commercial, cultural and sporting contacts with Israel.
Labor has attacked Ms Byrne, saying she lied and contradicted herself over whether the Greens would push for a state-wide boycott.
“I have no plan or intention to bring the BDS to State Parliament,” Ms Byrne said.
But when asked on radio last month if she would introduce her BDS bill into Parliament, Fiona Byrne said:
“I would suggest that the New South Wales Greens would be looking to bring that forward.”
Her original statement is not surprising.
Boycotting Israel is official Greens policy.
A statement in December declared: “The Greens have decided to support the BDS campaign.”
“It’s up to the party to take that on,” Ms Byrne said today.
“My position is that I have no intention to bring the BDS to State Parliament.”
Another of the Greens best electoral prospects, Jamie Parker, now has a bigger task ahead of him if he is to claim the inner-Sydney seat of Balmain.
The corruption-fighting former MP John Hatton has thrown his support behind another candidate – independent Maire Sheehan.
“This is certainly throwing a cat among the pigeons,” Mr Hatton said.
The battle for Balmain is essentially a three-way fight between the Liberals, Labor and the Greens.
The Greens’ Jamie Parker remains the frontrunner but Ms Sheehan is confident John Hatton’s tick of approval will steal some votes.
“I’m hoping it’ll give it a great boost and I think we should all declare independents and go into Parliament and make it work for the people,” she said.