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October 21, 2012

The Greens in the ACT election have definitely gone backwards. There has been a swing against them of around 4.6 per cent and, at this stage of counting, they appear to have lost two of their four seats, but they still retain the balance of power in the Assembly. Though neither major party won a majority in the election it is more than likely that the Labor/Green alliance will be returned.

The Greens' momentum is no building across the nation. Antony Green says:

The Greens are clearly not travelling as well as in 2008. Along with the Queensland state election results in March, the failure to win the Melbourne by-election in July, and set backs in NSW local government in September, Saturday's set back for the Greens suggests the Green vote has declined since the last Federal election.

Another interpretation of the ACT result is that the 2012 result is not a desertion of the Greens, but rather a return to status quo with the Greens again determining which party governs the territory for the next four years.

CampbelPPACT.jpg Pat Campbell

Though the Liberals have gained eight seats on the back of a 7 per cent swing, they have neither the numbers nor the right to claim government --they failed to take votes from Labor, or gain a majority of seats. Around 52 per cent of the electorate voted for the Labor Party and the Greens.

Presumably, the Greens will determine which party governs the territory for the next four years on policy grounds---on the major party's willingness and capacity to deliver on the Greens’ agenda. This includes a light rail system for Canberra and emissions reduction as part of a climate change policy. What will the Liberals offer in the way of policy concessions?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:49 PM | | Comments (5)


I think you [via AG?] have a point with -"The Greens momentum is no[t] building across the nation ...."
But, on the other hand -all the pollsters have the Greens pretty close to their 2010 election result, within a % point or so variation, which is well within moe.
The latest Nielsen has them up by 1% fpm the previous poll to score 11%, virtually identical to the 2010 election.
So they do not appear to be going backwards.
Just staying about the same.

Which, given the nature of oz politics, may well be around their natural long term level of support, say 9-12%.

Anyway the latest and current Nielsen has other interesting results.
PM Gillard way up in support -the speech hit a positive with many Australians.
Abbott static at very low support, disapproval about double approval , thats probably rockbottom considering the rusted on Libs support.
Preferred PM has swung signficantly towards PM Gillard by several %.

And the 2PP is 52 [COAL] to 48 [ALP] which is the best result for the government for yonks.

On the national arena it is clear that we have entered a post-carbon-tax phase of uncertainty in which the Coalition's ascendancy - and Gillard's vulnerability - can no longer be assumed

The Australian is wasting no time in booting The Greens. According to its editorial:

Voters have...delivered an unambiguous message that politicians should concentrate more on efficient services and basic economic issues and less on peripheral concerns.

Peripheral issues of little interest to many voters for The Australian newspaper are same-sex marriage and needle exchanges for prisoners.

" What will the Liberals offer in the way of policy concessions?"

It is hard to see the conservative leaning Liberals forming a coalition with The Greens given that the Liberal campaign campaign was openly hostile to the Greens and the Liberals had made it clear publicly they did not want to work with The Greens.

Green has probably more voters that vote for them because they are an alternative to the 2 parties than those that vote green because their policies are good.
So it is difficult to read the numbers accurately. It probably depends more how bad the 2 parties are stuffing up than what they are doing.