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Liberals who voted Green

The Australian’s Kate Legge rang me during the week and asked why I am now voting Green.  My response is in this article of Kate – basically my revisionism stems from my concern with climate change and more general environmental issues.  There are a few Liberal supporters in this article who had similar ideas to mine. This raises a question.

Why don’t the Greens stick primarily to environmental issues and ditch their more general (and less plausible) pro-Labor agenda?   Why don’t they try to influence opinion on both sides of politics?   The resulting party might split on broad social issues but provide a cohesive platform for addressing key environmental issues.  On the right of politics there are large numbers of middle class voters who are very environmentally conscious.  It might be that this section od society provides a bigger base for environmental policies that do what Julia Dronespeak calls the ‘working families’ of Australia.

The high proportion of Greens voters who gave their preference to Labor might suggest it is this party who is their natural base of support.  Maybe that’s true.  But my impression is that among my colleagues in the universities  and generally among people I meet (a narrow and biased sample I agree) there are many Liberals who did vote Green at this election. Many more would make the switch if the Greens went a bit easier on some of their anti-Liberal and pro-Labor babble.  The result would be a stronger force seeking action on environmental issues.

4 comments to Liberals who voted Green

  • Melaleuca

    Greens need not be economic dunces. Greg Barber, now in the Vic Parliament, is justifiably proud of the Yarra Council’s achievement in reducing council debt faster than any other Victorian local council while he and two other Greens controlled the council.

  • derrida derider

    In fact the Greens are already showing signs of splitting between those who are heirs to the Democrats and those who came from the Socialist Workers Party. The NSW Greens f’rinstance can fairly be characterised as a bunch of old Trots. The Tas, SA and Qld ones are very much about the environment first and foremost.

    Given the election of a NSW Green senator and the compromises that are going be forced on the Greens by having the balance of power, I think a schism is quite likely in the next couple of years.

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