GREENS EXPECT VOTES FOLLOWING ONE NATION DEAL.
WESTERN suburbs Greens candidates claim they will get votes from the conservative heartland’s disgruntlement with the Liberal Party’s preference deal with One Nation at the State Election on March 11.
“We are already getting unequivocal feedback from our doorknocks with Liberal voters disgusted with the One Nation preference deal that they’ll vote Greens,” North Metropolitan MLC Alison Xamon said.
Ms Xamon said a Greens-commissioned Essential Media survey before Christmas of 2200 Perth residents found 33 per cent of Liberal voters would switch to her party after a deal.
In the deal, One Nation gets preferenced before the Liberal’s coalition National Party in country Legislative Council seats, and One Nation preferences go to the Liberals ahead of Labor in Legislative Assembly seats contested by One Nation in Perth.
Ms Xamon said disgruntled Liberals should consider Green policies including renewable power, political donation reform, suicide prevention and a cross-party platform for tackling the drug ice.
At the 2008 State Election, the Greens got 10.4 per cent of the Cottesloe vote, 13 per cent in Nedlands and 7.7 per cent in Churchlands, and will preference Cottesloe MLA Colin Barnett and Nedlands MLA Bill Marmion last, and Churchlands MLA Sean L’estrange secondlast next month.
Cottesloe candidate Greg Boland said the Perth Freight Link’s impact on Curtin Avenue was the largest issue because the PFL allowed the proposed privatised Fremantle Port to treble container volumes to 2.1 million.
Churchlands candidate Joanna Durak said governments had failed to plan for schools after closing Hollywood, Swanbourne and City Beach high schools in 2002.
Greens anticipating disgruntled Liberals’ support (l-r) Greg Boland, Dan Grosso and Joanna Durak.