Victoria

Nov 27, 2017

Strange bedfellows: Liberal voters won Northcote for the Greens

Without a candidate of their own, Liberal voters turned up to contribute to the Greens swing in Northcote writes Charles Richardson.

Charles Richardson — Editor of The World is not Enough

Charles Richardson

Editor of The World is not Enough

There was some discussion in the media recently on the fact that results of the same-sex marriage plebiscite showed a gap between the opinions of Liberal Party voters and most of their representatives. Safe Liberal seats almost all returned big majorities for Yes, even when their MPs were strongly of the opposite opinion. In the most striking case, Tony Abbott's electorate of Warringah voted 75% in favor of marriage equality.

There's been less attention paid to the revelation of another gap between the official Liberal Party attitude and the views of its supporters on another issue, that of giving preferences to the Greens.

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