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10065Re: An open letter to ALP members on Senate preferences

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  • Ian Latto
    Oct 17, 2004
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      --- In GreenLeft_discussion@yahoogroups.com, "dave_r_riley"
      <dhell2@o...> wrote:
      > Unless the Greens can move comfortably into extra parliamentary mode
      > there's not going to be much they can do for the next period. They
      > will be plunged into a half life existence akin to the role yapping
      > Democrats have served over the past so many years.

      The Greens have never held federal balance of federal power.

      So what has changed at this election? The Greens will be playing the
      same role they have for the last three years.

      And unlike the ALP or Dems, Greens have yet to make any of the lethal
      parliamentary compromises.

      So I don't think the Greens have to adjust at all.

      And the Dems still outnumber or equal the Greens in parliament.

      So the Greens have yet to 'take over' the yapping role of the Dems in
      the parliament.

      As the Greens will get one or two more Senators it is more of the
      status quo for the Greens members for the next three years.

      And that suits me well.

      > The other feature of this moment in political time is that the whole
      > inane game of trying to get the socialist left to play up to the ALP
      > has just suffered a massive body blow.

      So true. The ALP have to swing right. And with the demise of the Dems
      that leaves SA, DSP, and Greens on the left.

      The Greens will be an one place for new activists to choose to plant
      themselves over in the coming years. And if the Greens are not active
      enough then the SA or DSP will benefit.

      Ian Latto
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