QUEENSLAND will have its first Greens MP with the surprise defection of Labor parliamentary secretary and right-wing morals campaigner Ronan Lee, in a major blow to the troubled Bligh Government.Golly, he'll fit in well with the Greens.
Just weeks after being pre-selected by Labor to recontest the western Brisbane seat of Indooroopilly, Mr Lee yesterday resigned from the party and joined the local Greens branch, claiming widespread discontent among government MPs over the "inaction" of Premier Anna Bligh in tackling environmental issues and climate change.
Mr Lee was one of the youngest MPs to sit in the Queensland parliament when he was first elected in 2001, at the age of 25, and is as well known for his advocacy for the environment as he is for his vocal opposition to stem cell research and abortion.
Mr Lee, who won the Brisbane seat of Indooroopilly from the Liberals in 2001 and retained it in 2004 and 2006, was recently elevated to the parliamentary secretary to the Attorney-General in a sign he was being considered as a future minister.Perhaps Indooroopilly will next be a seat of the LNP?
This is part of what Bob (Monotone) Brown said:
"But he has made an ethical decision that the future of the planet is more important than one of the old political parties, unable to get out of the rut."