The green taliban are the scourge of society. They oppose all and every possible technological advance. In Australia via their voting system it is possible to stop their advances.
NICK Xenophon is an independent Senator from South Australia who makes a great Greek salad and says he was inspired to get into national politics because Kevin Rudd seemed genuine about problem gambling.
The scourge of the pokies is Xenophon’s driving passion, although he’s also a parochial SA booster who fights for the health of the Murray River, and has a following in his state that most politicians would die for.
He’s up for election this time and has an outside hope of getting a running mate elected as well. However, a decision he’s taken could have a dramatic impact on the Greens Party’s chances in his state.
Sarah Hanson-Young, a rising star in Greens’ ranks, is up for re-election but Xenophon may have spiked her guns.
He has decided to put out a double-sided how-to-vote card which gives preferences to Labor and the Coalition before the Greens.
Given that Xenophon may have a fair slice of a Senate quota to spare, his decision could drain the Greens of an essential flow of support, especially as that party will struggle to get a quota in its own right (a quota is 13.5 per cent of the statewide vote).
The hard maths of this suggest Hanson-Young could get as much as 10 per cent of the vote and still not get enough of a preference flow to win her seat again.
The same cruel arithmetic is making life hard for another Greens up and comer, Scott Ludlam in Western Australia, where his party has not recovered from its poor showing at the last state poll.
There is almost no chance of the Greens getting a Senate candidate up in NSW and the party’s vote in Queensland is about 3 to 5 per cent below where it needs to be for a win here.