Deputy Premier to face stiff Greens challenge for Oxley

Carol Vernon will be the Greens candidate for the safe Nationals seat of Oxley at next year's state election.
Carol Vernon will be the Greens candidate for the safe Nationals seat of Oxley at next year's state election.

FRESH from wetting her political feet in last year's Federal election, Greens candidate Carol Vernon will challenge Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner in the 2015 NSW state election.

Running for the seat of Oxley, Mrs Vernon hopes to continue the swing toward her party experienced in Cowper Federally - initially focusing on the recent revelations by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

"Voters are tired of the culture of lobbying and corruption now exposed by ICAC," Mrs Vernon said

"Too many Liberal, National and Labor politicians retire to the boards of companies where they serve as internal lobbyists for the interests of corporations.

"In 2010 the ICAC made recommendations for reform. Since then both sides of politics have studiously ignored the most important recommendations."

Challenging Mr Stoner will be a big ask as the NSW Nationals leader has one of the safest seats in the country having received 66.9% of the vote at the last election. The seat of Oxley has been in the Nationals' hands since 1965.

Mrs Vernon will continue to campaign on a platform calling for more renewable energy and better protection for farmers against mining.

"Mr Stoner's voting pattern demonstrates the difficult position the Nationals face," she said.

"They claim they will serve the interests of country voters, for example, by protecting farms from poisonous coal seam gas mining, but then vote with their Liberal masters for inadequate protections that force farmers from their farms."

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