As the election draws closer, it seems inevitable that Tony Abbott will be our new prime minister with the possibility that the Liberal National coalition will have control of the senate.
It is imperative that the Greens retain balance of power in order to avoid giving Tony Abbott free reign to endorse such extreme policies as Work Choices.
To give the Greens a primary vote on the House of Representatives (green) ballot paper means that this vote has double value, ie if the Greens candidate is not elected, this vote will flow on at full value to the major party that is preferenced ahead of the other major party.
The how-to-vote cards that are handed out at the polling booth are only a suggestion as to how voters should direct their preferences. Voters are free to number the candidates on the ballot paper as they see fit.
Now that the differences between Labor and the LNP are minimal, the Greens are the only party that represent true values of a socially just society with protection of our environmental and economic assets.
A primary vote for the Greens will ensure the checks and balances necessary to look after Australia’s best interests.
Dave Norris, Pottsville
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