Ronan Lee was due to speak just prior to me at the Love Earth Gathering at the top of Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall yesterday morning. When I arrived, the organisers told me he had sent them a text message that morning giving his apologies, saying an urgent matter had come up. I must say that, despite his previous record of being prepared to be a bit outspoken, I’d assumed he must have got some pressure not to appear at the event, which was predominantly about promoting the greenhouse and other environmental benefits of a low or no meat diet.
However, it seems he was genuinely occupied with other more urgent things, with his announcement this afternoon that he had joined the Green Party, giving them their first MP at state or federal level in Queensland. Click here to read a long blog piece I’ve this on this for Crikey.