Some good news for Labor, winning the endorsement of the conservative party:
Coalition to put greens last re lower house prefernces in all 88 seats
This very clever own-goal by the Libs means that the ALP doesn’t have to choose between preserving the seats of a few cabinet ministers from being replaced by Greens lower house MPs, and concentrating its resources on fighting the Liberals in Lib/ALP marginals – which it would’ve had to do if the Libs had preferenced against their old enemy. It would’ve had to decide between concentrating on fighting the Libs and risking losing some lower house seats to the Greens (which wouldn’t stop it governing, but which would lose it some ministers), or fighting on two fronts. Now it doesn’t. Now the risk of the ALP seriously damaging itself in order to hold back the Greens is greatly reduced.
Of course, getting the endorsement of the Liberals might cause some disquiet amongst traditional Labor supporters, who might wonder what their party has done to deserve this self-defeating love from their old enemy – but it’s a price the ALP will be happy to pay, I suspect.
Meanwhile, some have been mocking in anticipation an expected surge of outrage from Greens supporters, disappointed at being denied a realistic chance of being represented in the lower house, again. What hypocrites we would be, to rely on the conservatives’ preferences!
Except I’m not outraged at the Libs. They don’t work for me, and we definitely want different things out of the next parliament. I want them to lose, and they want me and other progressives to have no representation in the lower house whatsoever. I don’t really want their “help” anyway.
What I do want is an electoral system in which a party getting 16% of the vote gets about 16% of the lower house seats, not 0%. What I want is an actual representative democracy. The Greens are getting plenty of support in the electorate – the problem is a system that takes our votes and distributes them to the big parties instead.
That’s what outrages me about the outcome that the Libs’ decision makes very likely. That the Greens are left begging for a single seat where, based on recent polls, they should have at least a dozen. Once again, a significant proportion of the Victorian electorate will be completely disenfranchised.
The electoral system needs to be changed, and replaced with an actual democracy.
ELSEWHERE: The Hun has been trawling through candidates’ Facebook entries, this time ensnaring a young Liberal. It’s a lame beat-up that should never have been run, and the ALP’s shameless and hypocritical sneering on the subject is beneath contempt.
UPDATE: Antony Green thinks it won’t matter.