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Greens erode Labor Vote

Labor's scare campaign

Greens vote with Liberals

Greens in Parliament

Greens Preference deals 2006

ALP - Family First Deal

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 Greens-Liberal-Deal in Victoria
Rise in Green vote Terrifies Labor

The truth behind claims of a Greens-Liberal deal

 

 2006 State Election Preferences

The ALP claims the Greens teamed up with the Liberals in the 2006 state election. This is despite the Greens suggesting to voters in 60 lower house (Legislative Assembly) seats to give preferences to the ALP, and in 28 other seats they suggested voters should make up their own minds as to who they gave their preferences to. In all Upper House seats in the 2006 State election all Greens preferences were directed to go to the ALP ahead of the Liberal Party. The Greens did not preference the Liberal Party ahead of the ALP in any upper house or lower house seat in the 2006 State election. Most importantly, the result of the election proved that the ALP did not lose government or any seat as a result of any Greens vote flowing to the Liberal Party. Doesn't sound like the Greens and the Liberals are ganging up on Labor, does it?!

It is important to note that a how to vote card merely suggests to voters who the voter should give their preferences to. In the Lower House no party has control over where a voter's preferences go. Once voters enter a polling booth neither the Greens nor any other party has any way of determining which party the voters' preferences flow to. Preferential voting is fully explained here. Yet the ALP claims the Greens "gave half their preferences in 24 Legislative Assembly seats to the Liberal Party". This is easily proved to be nonsense. For starters, the Greens can not "give their preferences" to anyone. They are not theirs to give.

But did the Greens ever request voters to preference the Liberal Party ahead of Labor? Let's look at the Greens how to vote cards for the 2006 election:

  • In 60 out of 88 Lower House seats the Greens suggested that voters give their preferences to the ALP ahead of the Liberals.
  • In 28 out of 88 Lower House seats the Greens suggested that voters make up their own minds as to which major party deserved voter's preferences (i.e. Greens did not prefer either party over the other).
  • In 8 out of 8 Upper house seats the Greens suggested that voters give their preferences to the ALP.
  • In no seat in Victoria did the Greens suggest that voters should preference the Liberal Party ahead of the ALP.

By any measure the Greens how to vote cards overwhelmingly favoured Labor over Liberal. Indeed, the ALP was elected with a large majority in part due to preferences flowing from Green voters.

The ALP also complains that in the 2006 State election the Liberal Party directed voters to preference the Greens ahead of the ALP in a small number of seats. This is not news. The Liberals did in the same at the 2002 State Election, the 2004 Federal election and pretty much every election the Greens have ever run in. The Liberal's motivation for doing so is to increase the possibility of the ALP losing seats. That is a logical strategy. The Liberal Party would be happy to see the ALP lose the seat of Melbourne.

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