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Hanson Defeated: The Lessons

April 12, 2011

Phew! That was too close! She came within 2 437 votes of squeezing into the Legislative Council and rebuilding a political career based on race prejudice and pig ignorant economic populism. Bad enough that the Shooters Party and Fred Nile’s Christian Democrats hold the balance of power. But what a relief that Pauline Hanson did not join them by winning the last spot in the Legislative Council.

On primary votes, she had got to the 20th position, and the Green Party were at the 22nd. After the preferences that was reversed. The preference flow from Labor voters knocked her out and put the Green Party’s, Jeremy Buckingham, in.

In the state election campaign I and retiring Green Party MLC Ian Cohen made a joint appeal for Green Party voters to ignore their party’s recommendation and send their preferences to the Labor Party. It was crucial to protect the environmental gains of the last 16 years. Because the Green Party didn’t preference Labor, Labor only allocated half its preferences to them.

Let’s not allocate blame but let’s guarantee it never happens again. It was too close.

9 Comments
  1. Medusa Knows permalink
    April 12, 2011 3:35 pm

    It’s called democracy, Bob. Surely you’ve read about it?

  2. Rationalist permalink
    April 12, 2011 3:39 pm

    The Greens are economic terrorists, as is Hanson.

    • April 12, 2011 4:09 pm

      “The Greens are economic terrorists,”

      Please substantiate your claim with examples.

    • Rationalist permalink
      April 12, 2011 6:44 pm

      They are anti development, anti industry and anti business. I am sorry, NSW cannot go forward without industry and aggressive business development. There are only so many jobs to be had in basket weaving.

      • Michael Longley permalink
        April 13, 2011 12:19 am

        ‘Rationalist’, you haven’t stated anything beyond empty slogans. So much for rationalism then I guess.

      • Rationalist permalink
        April 13, 2011 5:49 pm

        The Labor party understands what I am saying, I hope the Coalition does too (I think they will but they have only been in government for a short amount of time).

  3. danielsydney permalink
    April 12, 2011 3:44 pm

    Bob, Yes it is very lucky Hanson didn’t get into the upper house but when will the ALP learn from its mistakes and stop blaming Greens for their utter failure and treading over the grass roots members and supporters and also getting themselves into their scandals. Don’t blame the Greens for Alp mistakes.

    • Jane permalink
      April 12, 2011 10:02 pm

      Um no. This is not a mistake of the ALP. It is the ignorance of the greens that nearly caused a catastrophe – they clearly have no idea how preferences work in NSW. It will be interesteing to see if they acknowledge that it was ALP preferences that got the greens the 3rd upper house spot.

  4. April 12, 2011 5:01 pm

    “pig ignorant economic populism”

    Is that the Greens or Hanson?

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