Media Release 25th August, 2012: Democrats say: We’re back!

Media Release: 25th August, 2012

Democrats say: We’re back!

The Australian Democrats result in the NSW State by-election for the electorate of Heffron is an indication that voters are sick and tired of the politics currently on offer and are once again looking for a sensible alternative. The Democrats’ candidate Drew Simmons has polled a vastly improved result of over 12.6% of the vote in today’s election. This figure in a Senate election would see the Australian Democrats return to the Senate.

“The Australian Democrats result represents a desire for the value-based politics people expect, desire, deserve and are not getting,” said the Democrats National Campaign Director, Darren Churchill. “People want and deserve better than the ‘he said – she said battle’ in Canberra or the poor performance of both Government and opposition in NSW.”

“It is natural for people to turn to the triple-bottom-line values of the Australian Democrats (balancing responsible economic management, social justice and care for the environment) in a by election to send a strong message.” said Mr Churchill.

“There’s still more work to be done to deliver our message and win back the hearts and minds of more Australian voters. But, Drew Simmons and the NSW Democrats’ team have clearly provided to voters an attractive alternative to the ‘same old, same old’ of the other parties.” Mr Churchill concluded.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Darren Churchill

National Campaign Director

darren.churchill@democrats.org.au

Tel: 0412 196 473

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