The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - TRENTON AKERS

ROOKIE Greens can­di­date Amy MacMa­hon yes­ter­day launched her “grass­roots” cam­paign against the state’s sec­ond most pow­er­ful politi­cian, Jackie Trad.

Handed the keys to drive the cam­paign for South Bris­bane, which The Greens de­scribe as their “most winnable” seat at the up­com­ing state elec­tion, Ms MacMa­hon in­sists she is com­fort­able car­ry­ing the lofty hopes of the party on her shoul­ders.

Party heavy­weights were yes­ter­day in Bris­bane to of­fi­cially launch their cam­paign for the state elec­tion de­spite Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk re­main­ing coy on a pos­si­ble polling date.

Ms MacMa­hon in­di­cated her Green pref­er­ences were set to flow to La­bor when the elec­tion does come, say­ing One Na­tion and the LNP will be pref­er­enced last.

Fol­low­ing Ms Trad’s sup­port of the Adani mine in Cen­tral Queens­land, Ms MacMa­hon said the Deputy Premier had de­serted her voter base in South Bris­bane.

“I think peo­ple see the two ma­jor par­ties as not be­ing very dif­fer­ent – peo­ple are re­ally fed up, they’re re­ally un­happy with cor­po­rate do­na­tions and peo­ple can see the Deputy Premier right in the mid­dle of all of this,” she said.

“The La­bor Party have re­ally let peo­ple down, they have failed to tackle cor­rup­tion, they have failed peo­ple with the hous­ing cri­sis and this on­go­ing sup­port of Adani has left peo­ple feel­ing re­ally be­trayed.”

Greens in­sid­ers be­lieve they are within 450 votes of oust­ing Ms Trad, fol­low­ing the land­mark vic­tory of Jonathan Sri in the Gabba ward for the Bris­bane City Coun­cil elec­tion last year.

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