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Monday, March 26, 2012

Calling all Greens, calling all Greens...

If I were Bob Brown and the Greens I'd be hearing alarm bells right now.

What am I on about?

I'm talking about the result of the Queensland state elections held last Saturday.

Why should the Greens be concerned?

Easy...

Labor got wiped out. So where did the Labor voters go? You'd think that the Greens would have benefited significantly from the electorate's disenchantment with Labor.

Yeah?

Well, the Greens did not even manage snaffle one seat in Queensland.

This does not bode well for the Greens. They'd better find out why they got stood up at the prom before whatever it is goes national.

You read it here first.

5 Comments:

Blogger Davoh said...

"Labor got wiped out" ..


er please explain this rather emotive and basically unsupported statement.

March 27, 2012 7:18 PM  
Blogger AndrewM said...

@Davoh: all uses of 'wipeout' that do not refer to falling off a surfboard are informal, and one meaning, in sport, is 'decisive defeat'. What's the problem?

@Gerry: it's a fair bet that the Greens have next to no traction in WA, NT or QLD, so I wouldn't be inclined to believe that this election bodes anything about their federal performance. On the other hand, if the conservative backlash goes federal, the Greens will be wiped out before Labor.

March 28, 2012 9:12 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

@AndrewM: I see things differently. I see that more and more Labor voters are drifting across to the Greens (not in huge numbers, but in a significant trickle.)

Labor voters drifting towards conservatism are poles apart, demographically speaking, from those who drift to the Greens.

Anyway, we'll see soon enough...

March 28, 2012 9:47 AM  
Blogger Davoh said...

my guess is - since "the majority" of voters in this rather amazing experiment in "Australian" democracy will probably not really understand the subtle concept - and go for 'one on one' -

i.e. "labor" vs "liberals" - whatever that means, according to the "media pressure" at the time of decision (national vote).

One of the concepts that fascinates me is that we are "forced to vote".

Nup.

there might be a vague 'fine' ($24.00?) it the citizens do not turn up at the "polling booth" - but no-one, no person, ever, in my experience in my 67 years in Australia has ever been "forced to vote". If a person arrives at the polling booth - can, actually 'take the paper' and throw it away.

The point, here, is that "the majority" actually votes. Where the "distribution" of those votes go is, basically, anyone's guess.

A far, far better notion of 'democracy', from my point of view - than 'optional' "vote if you feel like it"/we can intimidate/spend much money on 'advertisement'/enui/ sort of 'democracy'.

April 10, 2012 8:10 AM  
Blogger Davoh said...

.. and yes, Gerry - given the recent departure of Bob Brown - however much one can argue about "the person is not the party" ... self has serious doubts, now, about the future of it; in the wider concept.

April 16, 2012 10:43 PM  

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