Get used to Green

Complaints about the Greens de facto coalition status would be more believable if they had been balanced by similar criticism of the Liberal-National coalition which has characterised decades of conservative government.

The Nationals have little in common with the Liberals politically, and held partner status with only four percent of the vote. The Greens won three times this proportion and have many areas of policy overlap with Labor.

So why such an outcry over the fact that Labor must negotiate with the Greens? It clearly stems more from an inability to accept the umpire’s decision than any real concern over parliamentary arrangements.

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