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Jenny v. Penny: the battle for Newtown

By Paul Gregoire and Michael Koziol Labor’s Penny Sharpe and the Greens’ Jenny Leong have both identified affordable housing as a priority issue for the seat of Newtown ahead of next year’s state election. Ms Sharpe, a sitting member of the upper house, won Labor’s community preselection at the weekend with 64 per cent of […]

Preselection battles expose Labor rifts

Labor’s upper house leader Luke Foley has poured scorn over suggestions he is running former staffers for preselection in the seat of Newtown to help shore up his numbers in parliament. Environmentalist Felicity Wade and town planner Sean Macken have entered what is fast becoming a crowded field for the newly-created electorate of Newtown, which […]

Greens silent over Newtown battle

A high stakes Greens preselection campaign is underway for the newly-created electorate of Newtown, with former Marrickville mayor Fiona Byrne battling serial candidate Jenny Leong in the notionally Greens seat. Nominations opened on Tuesday, and so high is the pressure surrounding the vote that candidates will not speak to media. Greens members elected to have […]

Greens begin posturing for Newtown

Former Marrickville Mayor Fiona Byrne is expected to stand for preselection as Greens candidate for the newly-created state seat of Newtown. The Marrickville electoral district will be abolished for the 2015 state election, instead replaced by two new districts: Newtown and Summer Hill. The Greens are expected to poll well in Newtown, having almost snared […]