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‘This election was very much about getting rid of Scott Morrison, without a doubt.

‘In Richmond, we saw a whole range of candidates. Having ten candidates means you see a whole diversity of views there. We also saw throughout the country a swing towards some of the [Independent] Teals and the Greens.’

The Nationals were down by around 14,000 votes nationally, and while the party polled well locally with Kimberly Hone, Mrs Elliot says the Nationals Party is in decline. People wanted all of those cuts and chaos, which we saw before the election, to end. That’s what people were telling me all the time.’

With Mandy Nolan as the local Greens candidate, her party was up by almost 5,000 votes from the 2019 election in Richmond.

Was that a sign that people are sending an environmental message to whoever is in power?

Mrs Elliot replied, ‘I think that reflected the community’s view that they, one: wanted to get rid of the Morrison government; but two, they wanted stronger action on climate change, which is something that I talked about throughout the campaign, something that we are now initiating’.

‘We’ve lost government over this. We fought very hard last time, we fought a lot of different parties – the Greens voted against the carbon pollution reduction scheme in 2009, and cost us a decade of inaction.’

Mrs Elliot feels that the plan that Labor took to the election was perfect in the sense of delivering a whole suite of measures.

Renewable energy superpower

‘We can be a renewable energy superpower, but it needs government investment. We’re committed to that, plus all those other policies that we have, such as reforming the grid, electric vehicles, the community batteries or solar banks – you need to have all of that in place – but you need to have a government that the electorate believes when it invests in the move to renewables, and then it’s done in a really responsible way.’

Mrs Elliot says that in moving to renewables, it’s important to remember to keep power prices down and grow new jobs.

‘The other thing was when we first announced our policy, it had such broad support from environmental groups, but also the Business Council, because business want this, they want certainty and a direction.

‘We all know business and the market has been moving towards renewables.

‘What they needed was government policy that supported that as well, to have confidence to invest in it. 

‘It was good to see the support right across the country, and there’s no doubt that people, for a long time, have wanted action on climate change. And this is something that I would say Labor has been very much on the front foot with for a very, very long time. It’s one of the many issues that they have wanted addressed.’

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  1. It was just about getting rid of Scomo.
    I’ve been get censored for saying the power grid was on the verge of collapse due to solar and wind, until the problems started showing. The electrical engineers have been trying to sound the alarm. Built more coal power plants before this climate hysteria starts getting people killed.

    • “…before this climate hysteria starts getting people killed.”
      Global warming fuelled extreme disasters are being visited upon us – You must have missed the record flood event that actually did kill people.

      Please keep your trolling to yourself.

  2. Justine has her finger on the pulse,
    Too right, we wanted to get rid of Scumo and his whole band of rorters ,all with their noses firmly planted in the trough of public money. I notice Porky Barilaro will still have one half a million dollars of ‘legal’ booty, and the others will no doubt have already finagled cushy appointments .
    Justine notes that liberal, national votes were down and grudgingly concedes the Greens made significant ground , even after voting down the lame “carbon pollution reduction scheme in 2009″ with it’s carefully crafted lack of meaningful action.
    Mrs Elliot neglects to mention the gains of the ‘ Legalise Marijuana Party’ and almost anybody who cared to stand, except, of course, for the Labor Party who have remain firmly on the nose ever since they conceded victory to Frazer, Kerr, the CIA and god bless her, the English queen. and so far, have been unable to find the guts to put forward a decent policy designed to benefit Australians.
    I see State Labor have just colluded with the Nats to put a stop to efforts to save the Koala from extinction.
    It’s a sick sad World, G”)

  3. Who censored you, definitely paranoia here Christian. Do you know why nobody wants to build coal fired power stations, old governments can do capitalism.

  4. This LNP energy and economic crises was happening long before the 21st of May 2022. It’s just that the corrupted corporate media editors refused to mention it! It was inevitable the day Abbott was elected in 2013, Turnbull and then Morrison, the ATM of policy catastrophe! And every single person that voted Liberal/National/Hanson/Palmer party from 2013-2019 are directly responsible for all of that failed policy!

    • No, it’s an electrical engineering problem. I’ve listened to what they say. You can’t force 1% per year unreliable electrical generation on the grid without a cascade of problems occurring that increase over time. It’s not a matter of funding or policy, it’s a matter of physics.

  5. That’s just hilarious. This oxygen thief talks about the Nationals vote being down 14,000 nationally. Labor’s vote was down about a half a million nationally, they only received 32% of the vote. Two out of every three voters in the country didn’t vote for Labor

    • Thirty-two% of first preference but 52.13 % of the two party preferred vote. All sorts of reasons for the reduced primary vote including the move away from a two party mindset but also including Labor voters in safe coalition seats voting for independents where there was a serious contender – playing dead as the best chance of seeing the Liberal candidate replaced.

      But what percentage voted for your preferred party Mark?


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