Greens power failure
GREENS MPs in the new Parliament will need to adopt new tactics after the party failed to win the balance of power in Saturday’s election, outgoing MLC Ian Cohen has said.
Mr Cohen said he was not surprised at the outcome of the election, saying he had warned before the poll this was likely to happen.
“I broke ranks and had a press conference in Sydney where I called on people to give consideration to the fact that we were going to lose the Upper House,” Mr Cohen said.
“That’s jaded my enthusiasm for the results (in the Lower House).”
The Lower House poll fell short of Greens hopes in Sydney, where the party had hoped to pick up Marrickville and Balmain. However, the party polled well on the Northern Rivers, knocking out Labor to run in second place in Ballina and Lismore.
Mr Cohen said the change, particularly in Ballina, represented a shift in politics on the Northern Rivers.
“Ballina has always been a strong seat,” he said. “The Greens are now emerging in many instances as the second force in a particular area and I think that will continue.
“Labor has a huge amount of rebuilding and for the Greens, it is being recognised that we do have answers where a lot of other parties don’t.”
Greens Lismore candidate Sue Stock said she was pleased at Saturday’sresult in Lismore, where she snapped up 21% of the vote and ended after preferences with 30.6%.
Ms Stock said she would not expect to see voters walk away from Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin or Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell, both Labor Party members, in the same way they abandoned NSW Labor on Saturday.