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Labor machine offers seat to DLP.



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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Labor machine offers seat to DLP

Senator Brown, 6th December 2006

The Greens' Marcus Ward remains a front-runner for the fifth place in the upper house seat of Western Victoria, but if he wins it will be despite the Bracks' ALP preferences flowing to the far-right DLP, national Greens leader Bob Brown said today.

"In 2004 the Labor backroom knocked out the Greens by giving Family First's Steven Fielding his place in the Senate. Labor voters in Victoria were furious. Now it may be that Labor's nemesis since the infamous split in the 1950s, the pro-nuclear socially divisive DLP (which advocates the abolition of all federal government departments), will be hoisted into Victoria's Legislative Council by the ALP preferring the DLP to the Greens. Once again, hapless Labor voters will be furious."

"It would be a self-inflicted wound," Senator Brown said.

"If Marcus wins, he will be an outstanding Legislative Councillor for Western Victoria on issues involving the environment and social justice. He would join Greg Barber and Sue Pennecuik in the Council where Labor will have 19 seats and the Liberals and Nationals 18," Senator Brown said.

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