Good news for the Greens from their big supporters at News Ltd:
Some 62 per cent of voters said the Greens, who helped design the carbon pricing package, had too much influence in Parliament and just 30 per cent thought they were “working effectively” with Labor in the “best interests of the community”.
Given that the Greens’ vote at the last election was about 13%, that means that there’s a whole lot of people who voted for other parties who are apparently now pretty keen on them. 38% of the electorate – 25% more than voted Greens last time – think they should have either the same or more influence in Parliament. And 17% more than actually voted for them think they’re working effectively and in the best interests of the community.
Good signs for the Greens’ vote, you’d have to say.
And yet the same paper keeps telling me they’re about to be destroyed…
ELSEWHERE: The right-wing media, fresh from demanding that Australia do nothing until we produce more carbon emissions than a nation with 59 times more people, have applied their rigorous “what difference can we make” logic to other issues. The Herald Sun demands that shopppers no longer have to pay for goods from Coles, since individually none of us make a significant difference to their profits. And The Australian has called on Australians to stop paying tax, since individually each of our contributions are such a tiny proportion of overall government revenue. And Andrew Bolt has called on his readers to stop clicking on his web site, since each individual hit makes him hardly any money at all.
UPDATE: And the Liberal Party are promising to go back to preferencing Labor directly again, to make sure that the 1.5 million Australians who vote Green have precisely no representation in the ironically-named House of Representatives.