The Queensland state election is only 4 days away, and voting is always a topic in conversation. When asked who someone is going to vote for, let alone knew who was running, the typical reply is “don’t know”, or they were voting ALP or Green because they didn’t like Bob Katter or Campbell Newman.
What many people can’t seem to understand is that A) Bob Katter isn’t running for a seat in the Qld state parliament, and B) the only people that have a say as to whether Campbell Newman gets to become premier are those who live in the electorate of Ashgrove.
With the focus being on Anna Bligh and Campbell Newman over the past few weeks, there really hasn’t been any possibility to find out more about the candidates in the different electorates, apart from which party they represent.
I am (un)fortunate enough to live in the electorate of Mt Coot-tha, which is being contested by the Andrew Fraser ALP, Adam Stone Greens, Saxon Rice LNP, and Margaret Waterman Katter’s Australian Party.
If you believe the propaganda put out by the Greens, this seat may see the first Green politician voted into Qld State Parliament, and thanks to the preference deal done with the ALP in the seat of Ashgrove it may just happen.
What will a vote for each of the candidates actually mean for this electorate and for Queensland?
Adam STONE The Greens
The flyer sent out for him is misleading to say the least. A vote for Adam Stone is not a vote for a third option in Queensland politics, it is a vote for the ALP, whether directly or by preferences.
The Greens have never shown support for any other party aside from the ALP in their slow rise in popularity, either at the state or federal level. All you have to do is have a look at what they have done in the seat of Ashgrove, having given their preferences to the ALP in an attempt to prevent Campbell Newman from winning that seat. They could have said there would be no distribution of preferences, though they chose to do a deal with the ALP that will see them get their preferences should the ALP candidate fail to win that seat, and Mt Cooth-tha is one of them.