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Aussie marriage equality activist considering standing as MP for Sydney

Australian Marriage Equality’s Alex Greenwich is giving ‘serious thought’ to standing for election as an independent MP for Sydney
Alex Greenwich, national convener of Australian Marriage Equality

Over the the last 12 months Alex Greenwich’s quotes have frequently hit news stories as part of his role as national convener for Australian Marriage Equality.

Now he may be making headlines himself as he is giving ‘serious thought’ to standing for election as MP for Sydney.

Greenwich worked alongside current MP Clover Moore in her campaign for re-election as Lord Mayor of Sydney. After a close race, she claimed victory in Saturday’s election.

Moore must now standdown as MP of Sydney, a seat she has held since 1988, because new legislation introduced by the state government rules that one person cannot hold dual positions.

The vacuum Moore’s move will give to the Sydney seat has been the subject of much speculation. Yesterday Greenwich responded to rumours he would stand as an independent candidate.

‘Nothing’s been decided as yet,’ said Greenwich, reported local newspaper the Wentworth Courier

‘Clover and I have both discussed the need for Sydney to be represented by a strong, independent voice and I will be giving it serious thought over the next couple of weeks.’

Greenwich has proved his flair for politics during the relentless campaign for legalizing gay marriage in Australia. In February he secured a dinner between Prime Minister Julia Gillard and three gay couples to talk about the importance of same-sex marriage.

Greenwich's father, Victor Greenwich, is a diplomat and currently the head of the Consulate General for Georgia in Sydney. 

If Greenwich does stand as an independent candidate he will compete against former Sydney councillor Chris Harris for the Greens, Liberal Shayne Mallard and a Labor candidate.

Liberal state premier Barry O’Farrell said on Sunday that the seat is likely to go to an independent or Greens candidate, reported The Australian.  

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