Liberals announce they will preference Greens last

Greens candidate Ellen Sandell says the Liberals preferencing against her shows the Greens are the real opposition to Napthine and Abbott this election.

"The Liberals desperately want Labor to hold inner-city seats because they won't put up a fight against Napthine and Abbott, won't build Doncaster Rail, won't stop the privatisation of TAFE and won't close down our dirtiest coal power stations. This announcement gives voters in Melbourne a clear choice: to do what Napthine wants to vote for the Liberal-endorsed candidate Jennifer Kanis, or vote for a strong Greens representative" said Ms Sandell

Greens polling [1] shows that even without Liberal preferences, the Greens are poised to win at least two inner city seats this election in their own right, just as Adam Bandt did in 2013 in Melbourne with a 7% swing.
 
“We always knew that Labor and Liberal would collude to preference against the Greens. Our campaign strategy is based on that assumption, and we know that we can win the seat of Melbourne without Liberal preferences, just like Adam Bandt did in 2013.”

“This announcement from Napthine sends clear message to Melbourne voters: Abbott and the Liberal government would prefer to have Labor representing Melbourne because if the Liberals win government, a Labor representative is much more likely to agree with the Liberals. The election is between Labor and the Greens here in Melbourne, and this announcement makes it clear: Kanis is the Liberal endorsed candidate. Their values are more closely aligned with Abbott, and they will not be the strong, independent voice for Melbourne that voters are calling out for.”
Media contact: Claire Harman 0430 144 790

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