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By-election snapshot of how ALP will target Greens at national poll: Brisbane Central residents get warning against voting “Extreme Green”

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

A by-election has given a snapshot of how the ALP would target the Greens at the national poll, with election material warning Brisbane Central residents of the perils of voting “Extreme Green” posted to thousands of homes this week, wrote Mark Ludlow in The Australian Financial Review (12/10/2007, p.15).

Greens hope for protest vote: The flyer criticised a range of Greens policies, including a promise to allow 16-year-olds to vote, scrapping the second runway at Brisbane Airport, stopping the Traveston Dam project and imposing a congestion tax for motorists in the Brisbane CBD. ALP state secretary Milton Dick defended the negative campaign, and said the Greens were set to pick up the protest vote now the coalition parties were not contesting the inner-Brisbane seat.

Labor likely to win seat: Labor’s candidate for Brisbane Central was former Queensland Council of Unions general secretary Grace Grace. She would face local businesswoman Anne Boccabella for the Greens as well as two independents and candidates from Family First and One Nation. The seat, which covered Brisbane’s CBD, Fortitude Valley, Newfarm and north to Newmarket, Wilston and Windsor, was held by a comfortable margin of 14 per cent. But like inner-city seats in Sydney and Melbourne, it had a solid Greens support, achieving the third-highest Greens vote (18.28 per cent) in last year’s state election. Labor was expecting a swing of 5 per cent to 7 per cent against them but it would hold the seat.

The Australian Financial Review, 12/10/2007, p. 15

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