GREENS EX­PECT VOTES FOL­LOW­ING ONE NA­TION DEAL.

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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