Australian Federal Election Campaign – Greens Party No Longer Preferred

Posted on Sun 08/18/2013 by


Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens - South Australia)

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens – South Australia)

The child senator Sarah Hanson-Young from the State of South Australia seems set to exit Parliament, hopefully making room for an adult who does not mistake crying for thinking:

Then, independent senator Nick Xenophon weighed in in South Australia, opting for an open ticket that split his preferences between the Coalition and the ALP, shutting out the Greens’ rising star Sarah Hanson-Young.

As Xenophon has discovered, the Greens have made themselves pariahs among the rational:

Senator Xenophon, who has been intensely lobbied by the Greens to support Senator Hanson-Young over the Liberals, said yesterday the Greens’ public campaign had “spectacularly backfired’’.

“The feedback I got was extraordinary, I had several hundred calls saying not to put the Greens above the major parties,’’ he said.

“It was very strong sentiment.’’

Others are also distancing themselves:

And, yesterday, as the Greens Party leader Christine Milne took her campaign north to announce a $176 million assistance package for the Great Barrier Reef, a deal was stitched up between Labor and Katter’s Australian Party to cut the Greens out of the hotly contested race for the final Senate spot in Queensland.


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