What would be the worst result for Victoria at the November state election? In my view the worst outcome for Victoria would be a Labor-Greens alliance as our new government. This is a real possibility.
Currently, in the Victorian Legislative Assembly there are 45 Labor seats, 30 Liberals, 7 Nationals, 3 Greens and 3 independents.
This means the Andrews Labor government has a miniscule majority with only 45 of the 88 seats. The Greens currently hold the inner city seats of Melbourne, Northcote and Prahran. At the November election they are expected to win Brunswick, where the popular Jane Garrett is not recontesting.
The Greens will also be competitive in Richmond and Albert Park, as well as in Williamstown and Footscray where long serving MPs are retiring.
At the end of counting on election night, the Greens could easily hold the balance of power and Daniel Andrews and his Labor mates would very quickly jump into bed with them to cling onto power.
This outcome would be a disaster for regional and rural Victoria. The Greens would demand their inner-city Victorian agenda is implemented by any Greens-Labor alliance.
The Labor-Greens government would accelerate the closure of base load coal-fired power stations. Duck shooting, jumps racing, greyhound racing, deer hunting and fishing would all be threatened.
While these popular pursuits which generate jobs and economic benefits are being shut down, a Greens-Labor government would be legalising dangerous drugs, going softer on criminals and introducing a new tax on all food and drinks containing sugar.
Hard-working irrigation farms who put food on our table and earn huge export dollars would be decimated as the Labor-Greens alliance takes away even more of their water. Inner-city Greens would seek to impose more restrictions on access to, and use of, our national parks and Crown land.
They would shut down our native timber industry despite its environmentally sustainable management practices costing hundreds of jobs in country Victoria.
The Greens would also seek to restrict fuel reduction burning despite clear evidence it protects lives and property as well as protecting the environment from mega-fires. Similarly, they would stop life-saving clearance of dangerous roadside vegetation. The Greens have also said they would phase out all petrol and diesel vehicles, including diesel-powered locomotives.
Victorian voters need to understand that it is a very real possibility that a Labor-Greens alliance could be the winner at the November State election. In Tasmania, the Labor Party continually told voters that they would not form a government with the Greens. However, in 1989 Labor and the Greens formed an accord to get into government.
In 2010, the Labor Party and the Greens entered into a ‘power sharing arrangement’ with key Green MPs appointed as powerful and influential government ministers. Again in 2010 Labor, under Julia Gillard formed, government after a hung election with the support of independents and the Greens – and as we all know that ended badly.
The message is clear. Victorians must take great care when casting their vote, or we could wake up on the morning after the November election facing the nightmare prospect of a Labor-Greens alliance getting ready to ruin Victoria.