Lara Giddings

The toxicity of the Greens and lessons from Tasmania for Labour

Labour faces a dilemma.

They can’t win the election without some sort of formal accommodation with the Greens. They also can’t win without Winston Peters.

And thus their dilemma is apparent. The Greens are toxic. David Cunliffe knows it, Shane Jones knows it, Winston Peters knows it.

But the problem is Moira Coatsworth is shrieking at Cunliffe that the attitude tot eh Greens must end, that they are the preferred coalition partner and that Labour needs to be nicer.

Russel Norman is exerting pressure behind the scenes as well.  But the fact remains that the Greens are toxic in any support or coalition deal.

This is a position that Tasmanian’s saw only too well and punished both Labor and the Greens over in their state elections last weekend.

Labor and the Greens have blamed each other for the loss of votes in Saturday’s Tasmanian state election, while the South Australian Liberals insisted electoral boundaries prevented them from claiming a “deserved” outright win.

The simultaneous state elections resulted in a decisive Liberal win in Tasmania and a likely hung parliament in South Australia, where the focus is now turning to negotiations with two independents.

The Liberals have raised questions over the South Australian electoral system given the party could miss out on forming government despite securing about 53% of the two-party vote.  Read more »

Tasmania moves first

Sydney Morning Herald

The Tasmanian State Government is moving to allow marriage equality and they view it as a tourist bonanza as other states dither.

Tasmania may become the first Australian state to legalise gay marriage – possibly as early as this year – after Premier Lara Giddings today vowed Labor would legislate it in this term of government.

The proposed laws would also be drafted to allow gay couples from across the country to get married in Tasmania – with Ms Giddings arguing that would help generate an economic boost and more jobs for the state.

The Premier told her party conference that its MPs would back new laws allowing same-sex couples to marry – and had obtained legal advice from the Solicitor General that there was no obstacle to stop it legislating on marriage at a state level.

Looks like they will be raking it in just like Homer Simpson.