Joe Eric Dawson, Brunswick Valley ALP
Despite the scandals and factional warfare, the Greens’ branding at a local level has remained untouched. So, what to expect for the next four years?
Tamara Smith MP argued during the campaign her efficacy in parliament is predicated on the seat’s being marginal, not her own ability to secure outcomes.
Marginality causes the other parties to pay attention, follow through with commitments, and inject funding into the electorate hoping to win over voters.
This much is certainly true as we just saw in the Nationals’ huge (and failed) pork-barrelling campaign.
Yet there is a problem. The seat isn’t marginal any more. Using Ms Smith’s own logic this would render her less effective than she already was, particularly when coupled with the ongoing factional warfare and yet another stagnant statewide vote as other parties rise.
Unfortunately, this leaves us in the position of either (a) Ms Smith is correct and we see our area ignored, or (b) Ms Smith is incorrect and has poor political judgment. Neither is appealing.