Hanson in Parliament?
As you read this counting is proceeding for the 21st position in the NSW Legislative Council, the last spot, determined by state-wide ballot under proportional representation.
You will recall my comments below (Why Intending Green Voters Should Preference Labor, February 27) about the Green Party declining to preference Labor in the Upper House. A former Green MLC, Ian Cohen, joined me in making an appeal for the Green Party to reconsider.
But there was no flow of Green Party preferences to the ALP.
And the result? As we stand now the final seat could go to Pauline Hanson.
That’s what happens when you make political gestures, seek cheers from your own hardcore followers and forget that there are serious stakes.
She may have the chance to rebuild her political career all over again.
Her chances would be far less if Green Party preferences had flowed to the ALP candidate Andrew Ferguson who would have claimed the seat instead of Hanson.
As Luke Foley, the Labor MLC said, “Pauline Hanson was in the grave until Lee Rhiannon and David Shoebridge dug her up… I warned about this on a daily basis for a month and the Greens said, no it can never happen.”