Greens in poll field

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Nathan Lesslie, pictured, has been named as the Australian Greens candidate for the seat of Flinders in the May federal election.

Mr Lesslie stood for the seat of Hastings in last November’s state election which was won by Liberal Neale Burgess.

In his bid to become a federal MP Mr Lesslie is standing against long time Flinders MP, Liberal Greg Hunt, Labor’s Josh Sinclair and former Liberal and now independent Julia banks.

Mr Lesslie, 32, married with two children, has been working as a social worker for the past 10 years. He says seeing the barriers faced by the families he supports “has been pivotal in sparking this mission to politically challenge the status quo in order to bring about a fair Australia for all”.

As a youngster, he followed a “trajectory [that] was scary to myself and those around me” but his life was saved and shaped because he was able to “get the help I needed which also involved the professional support from a psychologist”.

“I am so incredibly lucky to know first-hand the love and compassion that one person can show another can be life changing. I feel this fulfilling joy in trying to support others and this aligns me well with The Greens.”

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 12 March 2019

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