Federal

Mar 19, 2018

Greens lose byelection and policy credibility

The Greens lost more than their chance at a second lower house seat on Saturday.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Has Labor found a way to fend off the threat of the Greens to their inner-city seats? Probably not, but it appears having a high-profile candidate, and relying on the Greens' divisions, is working a treat so far.

In 2016, the Greens went all-in on Grayndler in Sydney, thinking they could knock off Anthony Albanese. In some quarters he was written off; some suggested he move seats, but Albo was having none of it. The Greens deployed huge resources into the seat, but in the end Albanese won easily. The Greens, in part, were cruelled by the disastrous candidate selection of an out-and-out Trotskyite from the NSW party's far-left faction, which has been at war with more moderate forces for years.

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