Greens balance of power aim in coming election
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.”