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Democrat deals will swing votes to Greens.

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Saturday, 20 October 2001

Democrat Deals Will Swing Votes to Greens

"We believe the Australian voter, at whatever level, should be able to control their own preferences " Senator Stott Despoja told reporters." I am not going to stand here as the leader of a party that operates as a preference distributor to the other parties. "Voters have a right to control their own preferences". - AAP,16th October 2001

A defiant Greens Party says that the deals done by the Democrats with Labor and Liberal will anger many voters.

"Labor supporters who have been hurt by the GST and the Howard Government's industrial relations and anti-forests environment laws, all made possible by the Democrats, will be particularly angry," Senator Brown said.

"The ALP/Democrats deal sees the Democrats preferencing Labor in up to 17 marginal seats and in return getting 100% of ALP preferences in the Senate in all states except Tasmania and Western Australia where there is a 50:50 split between the Democrats and the Greens.

"The Democrats have also agreed to preference the Liberals in at least 7 marginal seats in exchange for Liberal preferences in the Senate in some states, including Tasmania.

"It's a new world. The ALP has embraced the Democrats and the Greens now occupy the 'Keeping the Bastards Honest' field alone", Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

"More Labor voters will now vote for the Greens first in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

"The ALP-Democrat deal has not altered the Greens' Senate preference order across the nation. Our preferences go to the Democrats and other smaller like-minded parties before Labor, the Liberals and One Nation last.

"In Tasmania, forests and education are huge issues, and unless Labor moves very significantly on both these issues, the Greens will be urging voters to make up their minds on preferences, without direction, in the five House of Representatives seats.

"The Greens recognise that Labor does have an edge on the Liberals on some key issues, such as land clearing and greenhouse, but its platform in most areas is too close to the Liberals and too against Green policies to deserve any sort of blanket approval", said Senator Brown.

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