By Andrew Bolt ~
Of course the Labor Party Leader Bill Shorten would do some kind of deal with the Australian Greens Party if it made him Prime Minister. You’d be crazy to think otherwise:
Bill Shorten would face demands to abandon Labor’s asylum-seeker policy, ban new coalmines and increase taxes on miners by at least $2 billion a year under Greens conditions for power-sharing negotiations if the election produces a hung parliament.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale dismissed the Opposition Leader’s repeated declarations that Labor would not negotiate with the minor party in a hung parliament, bluntly saying he did not believe the ALP would give up the chance to form government…
Senator Di Natale outlined the terms the Greens would set for any negotiation, saying they must include “strong action on global warming. With that comes an end to new coalmines”….
He emphasised the Greens would insist on Labor agreeing to changes to asylum-seeker policy.
“We want more decent and compassionate treatment towards innocent people seeking refuge and asylum….,’’ Senator Di Natale said.
Many Labor candidates would like that, too.
The only card Shorten has to play is one Julia Gillard stupidly didn’t, to her huge cost. It is to refuse to compromise and to defy the Greens to do their worst. Would they really support a Liberal Government instead?
The trouble is, though, that the Turnbull Government is so Greens-friendly – unlike the Abbott Government – that it might just do its own deal.
But for now Shorten should just challenge the Greens to say if they’d really back Turnbull instead.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.