In Queensland, the Australian Greens and the Australian Democrats have agreed to a preference swap deal, to maximise the chance that at least one non-major Senate candidate will win a seat.
I’m so glad to hear this. Good on Andrew Bartlett (incumbent Senator for the Dems) [his blog] and Larissa Waters (Senate aspirant for the Greens) [her official Greens page]. It’s always made logical sense, but on more than one occasion there has been some point-scoring at the others’ expense from both parties, and all that does is make it easier for the major parties to scoop up the seats.
The polling numbers mean that it’s really only possible for one of them to scrape in, if they can convince enough people that having non-majors hold the balance of power in the Senate is essential. I wish it could be both, but it’s really unlikely. Best of luck to both of them anyway.
The above was originally posted at Hoyden About Town. Since posting it has been publicised that there is apparently an all-but-sealed preference swap deal between Labor and the Greens, whereby the Greens will direct Lower House preferences to Labor in return for Labor directing Upper House preferences to the Greens, which means that in Queensland the Greens are likely to do far better from this deal than the Dems in terms of winning the seat, I would have thought (noting that I am not a psephologist).
What say the LarvyProdders on the ground in Queensland?
Update: the new joint advertisement brokered by GetUp!, where the Dems, Greens and Labor stand up together and ask the electorate not to vote for the Coalition in the Senate, is making heads explode. [more details below]