Greens bal­ance of power aim in com­ing elec­tion

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - DAVID KILLICK

THE Greens will be gun­ning to win bal­ance of power in the next State Par­lia­ment be­cause mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ments de­liv­ered bet­ter re­sults, the party’s state leader Cassy O’Con­nor says.

Speak­ing at the open­ing day of the Greens state con­fer­ence in Launce­s­ton yes­ter­day, Ms O’Con­nor said the party would cam­paign strongly for for­est pro­tec­tion, against in­dus­trial aqua­cul­ture and to get poker ma­chines out of pubs and clubs.

The party de­buted its lineup of 22 can­di­dates for the House of Assem­bly at the con­fer­ence.

“We are ab­so­lutely cam­paign­ing for bal­ance of power be­cause we be­lieve they are bet­ter gov­ern­ments,” Ms O’Con­nor said.

“They are more open and trans­par­ent, you get good leg­is­la­tion, col­lab­o­ra­tive leg­is­la­tion and ev­i­dence-based poli­cies.

“You don’t get the kind of se­crecy and dis­hon­esty and spin and bad poli­cies and leg­is­la­tion that you get un­der a ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment. It re­ally is Par­lia­ment for grown-ups.”

The Greens lost two of their five seats at the 2014 State Elec­tion af­ter a term in a power-shar­ing gov­ern­ment al­liance with the La­bor Party.

Ms O’Con­nor said the elec- torate was look­ing for par­ties which could de­liver re­sults to more than “de­vel­op­ers and pri­vate in­ter­ests”.

“I am con­fi­dent the Greens can gain ground at this elec­tion,” she said. “We’ve had three-and-a-half years of a Lib­eral ma­jor­ity Gov­ern­ment and we’ve seen an as­sault on the nat­u­ral and cul­tural val­ues of this is­land.

“I think peo­ple are look­ing for change.”

Fed­eral Greens leader Richard Di Natale told the con­fer­ence the State Gov­ern­ment had sought to drive wedges be­tween Tasmanians.

“Here in Tas­ma­nia, we know that the Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment has noth­ing to of­fer, so it’s seek­ing to di­vide the com­mu­nity again, cyn­i­cally us­ing our great forests and nat­u­ral wilder­ness as a bat­ter­ing ram,” he said.

“They’re rip­ping up agree­ments to pro­tect na­tive forests and turn­ing sen­si­tive in­dige­nous cul­tural ar­eas in the Tarkine into mo­tor­ways for four-wheel-drives. This is what hap­pens when you have a gov­ern­ment with no poli­cies or vi­sion for a state that has so much po­ten­tial.

“Con­flict pol­i­tics may have worked in the past, but Tasmanians know that na­tive­for­est log­ging and min­ing in the Tarkine can­not sus­tain our econ­omy.”

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