Politics

Feb 20, 2013

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

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

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

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.

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  1. sureshpathy2

    The media in Australia brings to mind the old yellow journalism quote from Randolph Hearst: The apocryphal story that artist Frederic Remington telegrammed Hearst to tell him all was quiet in Cuba and “There will be no war.” Hearst responded “Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”

  2. zut alors

    Re the ongoing Rudd beat up: the journos will be scrambling to snaffle his tea leaves next to have them analysed for publication.

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