Janet Albrechtsen’s contends (“Yes, there’s a silver lining to PM’s green salad days”, The Australian, 5/10) that the year since the election “has allowed the electorate to move from a state of somnolence to one of deep circumspection about the Greens”. Good story, but one small problem: Green support has risen.
Her eagerness to prematurely report the death of the current “power-sharing paradigm” betrays an undemocratic willingness to disregard minority views. The electorate is composed entirely of minorities – of which the Greens are the third largest – who all deserve representation. Democracy is complex and is not served by rounding off to the nearest major party.