Don't take a Green for granted
. So there are those in the Labor Party who think it is goodbye to bad rubbish now that the Greens have declared their agreement with the government is effectively over. Well, those political Labor geniuses are in for a shock. For from now until the dissolution of parliament the Greens have every incentive to show just how necessary their support has been to good government. Sure, they will continue to support supply bills and oppose no-confidence motions, but they are smart enough to defeat any other legislation for which there is a half a good reason to do so. Governing is about to get a lot harder.
And don't count them out. For reasons I don't understand the conventional wisdom seems to be that public support for the Greens is on the skids. Evidence for that view is difficult to find, with the published polls showing a decline of only one or two percentage points in House of Representatives voting intention. Nothing disastrous about that.
And in the Hobart Mercury
this morning a poll on state government voting intentions showed the Green vote held up well -- down on the last election, admittedly, but still a very healthy figure.
Keeping the story alive.
The daily struggle to keep the Labor leadership story alive until the House of Representatives returns on 12 March will be a great test of journalistic ingenuity that deserves acknowledgement. Hence the Chunky Bits Daily Beat-Up Award. And our first worthy and clear-cut winner is?