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July 5, 2022

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The Liberal-Nationals Party coalition government was removed because the government was not heeding the will of the people – and rightly so! The electorate has shown clear support for real transformation and change.

Anthony Albanese has stated that all Australians will be carried forward by the Labor government, and yet Chris Bowen is boldly stating that there is no need to consider the concerns of the crossbench?!

Labor has no real mandate, having only attained 33 per cent of the vote, and were subsequently dependent on preferences within the two-party system to have the right to govern.

I think it is fair to say that most older Greens supporters were originally Labor supporters for whom Greens policies resonate more strongly. The new ‘Teals’ are generally Liberal supporters that the conservative coalition no longer represents.

The ALP in government needs to heed the views of Independent and Greens parties and their visions for the future, or else be seen as just another parochial party that disdains the people in its quest for power.

The strength of public opinion is no longer polarised into ‘left and right’ and the ALP in government needs to acknowledge and respect the inter-connectedness of the public and their alignment with policies that are equitable and progressive.

I understand the delicacy required to balance the competing ideologies and needs of Australians across so many varying demographics, yet inclusiveness is of paramount importance if the ALP is not to go the same way as the LNP!

To ignore this would be folly, especially at a moment in time when the government has a great opportunity to be inclusive and visionary. Many businesses are leading the way and the rest in time will follow. However, the government should be in front with a vision for the future – not attempting to hold on to power to the exclusion of what is best for the community and the planet.

Graeme Batterbury, Lillian Rock

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  1. I think the Labor advisers have a much better idea of what has been happening in the minds of Australian. Expect them to swing to the right.

  2. Graeme, you might be a good progressive voter with your heart in the right place, but like most Greens/Independent supporters you are talking crap. Your claim that the Labor Party was elected without a mandate and we should HEED the views of the Greens and Independents is delusional; Labor won 77 seats, a MAJORITY with 33% of the vote; the Greens won 4 seats with 12.25% of the vote; the Teal independents won 10 seats with 5.29% of the vote; I’ll do the maths for you Graeme, Labor 77- Greens/Independents 14 seats, that’s 63 seats SHORT. We took the policy of 43% by 2030 and 50 % 2050 to an election and WON, WE HAVE A MANDATE and don’t have to heed anyone, although Albo and Chris Bowen have graciously offered to work with the Crossbenches whenever possible. The Greens/Independents need to realise that if this transition to renewables goes pair shaped and electricity supply fails, it’s not the Greens/Independents that will pay the price, it will be the Labor Party that will loose Govt., the exact same result will happen as when Julia Gillard last entered into an agreement with the Greens over the carbon tax.

  3. We would like higher targets but That’s what they were elected on. Do you blame them for been cautious crucified in 2019 election with higher emissions target and then the greens have hamstrung the climate targets by either voting with the Tories with Rudd proposal or marooned the Gillard government with the emission trading scheme leading to 10 years of Tories.

  4. The only trouble with this “mandate” argument is that the Greens received just 12.3% of the primary vote. The coalition received combined around 35%. If you think what this says it’s that close to 70% of the population voted for less aggressive climate action than the Greens policy articulated. That’s the reality despite many of us wishing we could get to net zero yesterday.

    If the Greens truly want progress on climate policy they would do best to stop putting pressure on Labor to break an election commitment as soon as parliament resumes and give the conservative forces the sort of ammunition they would relish. Adam Bandt would do well to avoid his own hubris and selective statistics and stop treating the public like innumerate idiots. In other words stop grandstanding for political expediency and work in genuine cooperation to give the Labor government its best long term chances of achieving progress in this vital area.

    No time for long term? I agree and that was also very true a decade ago.


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