An example just occurred to me regarding my ALP voters voting Green makes the ALP more humane post of the other day.
That illustration? Pauline Hanson. In the late 1990s, the then Liberal government found itself losing right-wing votes to Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party. What did it do? It adopted their concerns. It implemented increasingly harsh anti-immigration policies. In summary, it moved to the right.
In exactly the same way, lefties voting for the Greens will force the ALP to move back towards the left, to adopt our concerns. It will force Labor to implement more compassionate and humane policies. In summary, it will change them for the better.
Of course, the Greens are not single-issue extremists like One Nation was, and their record in the Senate in consistently advocating for progressive policies across a wide range of areas – from opposing the internet filter to putting up a bill for marriage equality to proposing better public transport infrastructure and provision of healthcare – gives voters comfort that if they do actually beat the ALP candidates, they will be an improvement. But even if you think that it’s unlikely they’ll win seats, it’s still important to realise that every single Greens vote is a message the major parties can’t ignore.
There’s a reason the ALP is chasing after the voters to its right: because those voters seriously threaten to vote for someone else. If you want Labor to listen to your concerns, you need to be prepared to do likewise.