New South Wales

Feb 19, 2016

Meet the Greens’ socialist firie who wants to topple Albo

The Greens have unveiled their secret weapon for fighting popular Labor MP Anthony Albanese.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

After last night, I’ve decided that the NSW election strategist for the Greens is a genius. In a state where libertarian David Leyonhjelm can be elected by Liberal voters who can’t read, the Greens’ candidate in Grayndler, Jim Casey, is a good bet: putting a compact, dark-haired, Aussie-accented union official up against Anthony Albanese will confuse the voters of Marrickville no end and could lead to victory. And if you are going to launch your campaign in a micro-brewery — a venue so closely associated with Albo it’s been practically trademarked — then the punters have no chance.

The Greens think they are in with a chance in Grayndler and so a constellation of pollies turned up at Marrickville’s Grifter Brewery to fire the starter’s pistol. Parliamentary leader Richard Di Natale, Senator Lee Rhiannon, NSW MP for Newtown Jenny Leong and lone House of Reps MP Adam Bandt all spoke in favour of sending Jim Casey, the state secretary of the Fire Brigade Employees Union, to Canberra. NSW MLCs Jeremy Buckingham and David Shoebridge were also in the crowd while state MP Jamie Parker turned up late because he was at a Mardi Gras flag-raising ceremony at Leichhardt Council (as was Albo).

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14 thoughts on “Meet the Greens’ socialist firie who wants to topple Albo

  1. Joe McKenzie

    This is the second blatantly pro-Greens article about Grayndler in two weeks, is this a new editorial direction?

  2. CML

    You wouldn’t be ever so slightly biased, would you Margot?
    How dare you write this cr+p, when we now know of the treachery from the Greens regarding the Senate ‘reform’ legislation…they have done a deal with the LNP, for doG’s sake!
    NO ONE should vote for the Greens…aka closet Liberals…anywhere in the country, once they know about the Senate deal. And heaven knows what else your beloved Greens have secretly agreed to with that putrid LNP lot!!
    Bloo+y outrageous!!!

  3. Ben.

    Brandt says the election isn’t about who you want to have a beer with, but that’s all that seems to matter for Saville.

  4. PhoenixGreen

    Thanks for the article Saville, it’s good to have have a local perspective on a race we hear so little about.

  5. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

    Jim Casey sounds like a pin-up boy. Where’s the photo?

  6. Teddy

    There are as many Liberals in “progressive” Balmain and Rozelle as Greens voters, the boundary change do mean Albo is in trouble… Balmain is one of the wealthiest and most Anglo areas in Sydney. Why is it that the Greens can only ever win affluent seats?

  7. drsmithy

    Bloody hell, Albo’s one of the few people in the ALP with head screwed on right.

    Can’t you at least pick a seat with a moron in it ? There’s no shortage to pick from !

  8. Teddy

    Dr Smithy, the Greens strategy is to target Labor’s most progressive. Some of their more delusional members believe they will replace the ALP some distant day when they can get their base vote above the 10% nationwide mark it has been hovering at for over a decade. To them it makes sense to eliminate the Albos and Pliberseks first. And its a tactic which has the enthusiastic backing of the Libs, whose preferences first elected Bandt to affluent inner city Melbourne in 2011.

    In that case, Lindsay Tanner (another who had his “head screwed on right”) wisely decided to throw in the towel in the face of almost inevitable defeat.

    In the past he Libs have often directed their preferences to the Greens, and should they do so in Grayndler this year, Albo is a gonner for sure. It certainly makes sense for rthem to do so. That’s assuming the Libs don’t pip the Greens into second place here, which, given the boundary change, they could do. At least in one of the booths in Balmain, the Libs already outpoll all other parties.

    For all of Margot’s pride at living in a “progressive” suburb, what’s less well known is that Balmain has the highest median income for individuals in the State as well as some of its highest property prices. It is also now the whitest place in the entire metropolitan area (and that includes the Shire).

    Naturally its “progressive” State MP, the one that Margot knows so well, aims to keep it that way. Resisting “development” is the closest thing this secular suburb has to a religion. Any possibility that newcomers or recent migrants will ever be allowed into its exclusive enclaves is vigorously resisted with unnatural fervour – a point made over and over at todays “save local democracy” rally (against Council amalgamation). No doubt Margot will be filing a report on that for Monday’s Crikey.

  9. Teddy

    Sorry, Bandt was elected to Melbourne at the 2013 election, of course.

  10. Teddy

    Finally I checked – Bandt received Lib prefs in the 2010 election (which he won). In the 2013 he didn’t, but won without them. Sorry for the slack haste in pressing “post” (twice) above

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