Greens take balance of power in Australian Senate
by Jerome Armstrong, Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 02:06:34 PM EDT
Exciting news out of Australia for those Green-inclined. Malcolm Mackerras, of the Australian, ahead of the election:
I have the Greens as the big winners. I am predicting them to win a seat in each state. Having won a seat in each of WA, SA and Tasmania in 2007 I am showing them as two senators in each of those three states and one each in NSW, Victoria and Queensland where they are currently without representation. A total of nine.
Thus Labor and the Greens, when acting together with 41 senators, would dominate the chamber of 76.
The results were even better:
The Greens are arguably the biggest winners on the night, increasing their representation in the parliament to nine senators (and an MP to boot).
If the current results hold, the new Senate make-up will see the LNP hold 34 seats, the ALP 31 seats, the Greens nine seats and Madigan and South Australian Nick Xenophon will be the two independents.
The Greens have made a major step forward, going from 5 to 9 Senators in the 76 member body. They now hold the balance of power in the Australian Senate.
In the Lower House, the balance of power will be held by 4 Independents and a Green.
And the Greens emerged as the big winners in the reshaping of the political landscape, taking the balance of power in the Senate as well as the lower house seat of Melbourne.
Lower house independents Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Bob Katter said they would meet to discuss how they would approach forming a stable government but in separate interviews on the ABC all three refused to back either Labor or the Coalition.
I've included a good background of the GP in Australia in the extended.
Locally grown Greens thrive as part of global left-wing movement
THE Australian Greens party was founded in 1992.
Its roots go back to the United Tasmania Group -- the world's first green party -- in 1972 and the Tasmanian Greens in the 1980s.
Today the party has five senators and 22 elected representatives in state and territory parliaments.
The Greens party considers itself part of a global green movement and takes a leftist position on social issues and a predominantly pacifist approach to foreign policy.
It opposes uranium mining and nuclear power, supports asylum-seekers, backs the extension of public transport, argues for renewable energy, wants increased corporate tax, and supports same-sex marriage.
Nationwide support for the party has risen from 2.4 per cent in 1996 to 9.04 per cent in 2007.
Its support is strongest in inner-city electorates such as Melbourne (22.7 per cent in 2007), Sydney (20.7 per cent), Denison, Tasmania (18.6 per cent) and Wentworth, NSW (15 per cent).
According to the latest Newspoll, support for the Greens stands at 12 per cent, down from a high of 16 per cent in May.
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