May 15, 2017

Matthewson: how will the Greens navigate ‘leftie’ budget measures?

Will the Greens take a "pragmatic" approach to Scott Morrison's "pragmatic" budget? Or will they stay the party of the protest vote?

Paula Matthewson — Political commentator and communications adviser

Paula Matthewson

Political commentator and communications adviser

It’s never easy to compete with the cacophony of the majors duking it out in the parliament during budget week. Only the biggest of the lobby groups get a word in edgewise, leaving limited airtime for any other political players.

The oldest of the existing minor parties, the Greens, resorted to pulling a procedural stunt in the Senate to get its views into Hansard, and later broadcast its leader’s budget-in-reply speech to voters via Facebook. Neither rated much more than a mention in the media.

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