Jul 23, 2012

Andrews smacked Labor hacks, got Kanis over the line

Daniel Andrews smacked down the coarse Greens assault from Labor heavyweights Sam Dastyari and Paul Howes during the Melbourne byelection campaign. Party officials were today glad he did.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

Victorian opposition leader Daniel Andrews smacked down the coarse Greens assault from Labor heavyweights Sam Dastyari and Paul Howes during the Melbourne byelection campaign. Party officials were glad he did today, pointing to the more nuanced strategy as a core factor behind Jennifer Kanis’ victory on Saturday.

The approach — fermented by factional hardheads and rolled out in the wake of the NSW Right’s off-piste attack two weeks ago — hardened resolve among centrist voters considering a dalliance with the Greens’ Cathy Oke and Liberal voters marooned without a candidate.

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32 thoughts on “Andrews smacked Labor hacks, got Kanis over the line

  1. Andrew Chalmers

    It’s becoming increasingly evident that both Sam Dastyari and Paul Howes are political novices, foolishly handed the mantle by those who should know better.

    Both of them may as well be paid up members of the Liberal Party for all the good they’ve done. It’s time to get over the teen-ankle obsession and put some real experience in place.

    Well done Daniel Andrews. Dastyari and Howes should be both ashamed of themselves.

  2. wilful

    formented? Editor!!!

  3. Bo Gainsbourg

    If a poor result for the Greens ends up getting them an extra 5% of votes I’d hate to see a good one. The Greens will be disappointed, but what they have to look forward to is more hard graft, more getting into the community and getting their heads around local issues, more base building. They will eventually crack it. They will have to put together good campaigns with the right candidates, and they will have to work the preferences possibly better than they have. But the bottom line is that the only way they can really be kept out for a long time in the longer term is if Labor preference the Libs and other loony rightists first. When that starts to happen Labor will be in terminal trouble if its not already (yes it can get worse). Labor would be better off coming to an accommodation with the Greens across a broad social democratic agenda and focusing on their real enemies. Abbot and co. Lets not have another shoehorning of Family First into the Senate for years on the back of the genius preference deals of days gone by.

  4. shepherdmarilyn

    I think the ALP have to explain their deranged hysteria. And get rid of Dastyari and Howes, they are menaces.

  5. Owen Gary

    I think Labor need to give an explanation as to how Shorten & Howes both union organisors are right wing members of the party ???

    They are both putting right wing agenda’s before the principles of the Labor party & against the interests of union movements??

    The rest of the right wing interlopers of the Labor party like Dastyari, Fitzgibbons & co are alienating labor voters because of their closeness to conservative ideals.
    The public are finally seeing through them & I hope hordes of voters flock to the Green’s at the Federal election. It seems both Labor & Liberal are colluding so much against the Greens lately that it has alerted the public, to their unholy alliance.

    I think these bi-& state elections need to be scrutinised more closely since ballot boxes seem to be also gooing astray??

  6. Russell

    Prior to Saturday, the Greens were cock-a-hoop, and most of the media were slavishly reporting their imminent victory. Today many still can’t believe voters can count, and actually care about things like costings. Many don’t its true, but enough… Though Adam Bandt is still claiming the result as a “win.”

  7. Sharkie

    At least Andrews understands the correlation between the number of times Howes opens his mouth, and the decline in support for Labor. Why the ALP hasn’t culled some of their back room operators (especially from the NSW right) is beyond me.

  8. Edward James

    The way our elections play out would serve taxpayers much better if voters started making the effort to exercise their own votes by directing their own preferences! Edward James

  9. Pedantic, Balwyn

    One aspect of this election was that despite the juvenile ravings of Howes and Dastyari and several more polished Labor legends, who should know better, that their tactics failed to turn the electorate against Ms Kanis.

    It appears common sense prevailed; namely that the only way to beat the Liberals was to give Labor the numbers in the Parliament, as opposed creating a pseudo coalition of Labor and the Greens that may or may not come together to unseat Mr Bailleau.

    But it was odds on that the NSW Right would be ignored in Victoria anyway as they are perceived as incompetent and out of touch; slagging the opponent is never the best way to win hearts and minds.

  10. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

    Sancho, it’s not sex or labor that’s the problem word in the title – it’s ‘Party’. The ALP is created by the union movement in its image, it’s not the other way around. Sex is everybody’s thing, party politics involves a lot more compromises.

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