Candidate Larissa Waters shapes up for the challenge.
Candidate Larissa Waters shapes up for the challenge. Barry Leddicoat

Green light for Senate candidate

AUSTRALIAN Greens' lead Senate candidate Larissa Waters, well known in the Gympie region for her support in the fight to save the Mary River from the Traveston Crossing dam, has been widely tipped to become Queensland's first ever Greens Senator.

Major news organisations, including The Courier-Mail (which gave her its first "Good Day" rating of the federal election campaign) and the ABC's Lateline program, have commented favourably on her chances at the upcoming federal election.

Lateline election commentator Anthony Green told viewers the Coalition was "highly unlikely to get four senators up again in Queensland".

He predicted Victoria and Queensland were the states most likely to see the Greens win extra Senate seats, with a likelihood of the Greens achieving a balance of power in the Senate.

Meanwhile, the Australian Electoral Commission says many people will have until tomorrow to update their electoral enrolment, despite widely promoting news that people had only until last Monday night to get themselves on the roll.

In a statement yesterday, the AEC said Australians currently on the roll, but who have moved and not yet updated their electoral address details, would still have until 8pm on Thursday.

"People can go to www.aec.gov.au/enrol to update their enrolment, but they need to make sure the signed form is with the AEC by the 8pm deadline," Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn said.

"If anyone needs to check their enrolment, they can do this online at www.aec.gov.au/check or by calling 13 23 26," he said.

Enrolment forms are also available at any Australian Electoral Commission office, Australia Post outlets and most Centrelink or Medicare offices.

"You must be enrolled for your current address to ensure your vote in the federal election.

"The deadline has now passed for eligible Australians enrolling for the first time or getting back on the electoral roll," Mr Killesteyn said.

He added that exceptions were made, with a similar deadline, for young Australians turning 18 between July 20 and election day, August 21, inclusive, and anyone over 18 who will become an Australian citizen between July 20 and August 20 inclusive.

Gympie Times


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