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Meredith Hunter to lead the Greens

By johnboy - 27 October 2008 117

The ABC radio news has lead its bulletin with news that the Greens MLA-elect from Ginninderra, Meredith Hunter, will lead the party in the Legislative Assembly.

This despite Shane Rattenbury pulling in 9555 votes in Molonglo at 0.9 of a quota compared to Meredith’s 6125 votes at 0.6 of a quota.

On the other hand one man being the leader of three women might not have been the look The Greens were going for.

We eagerly await the Greens official announcement.

UPDATED: The ABC report is now online.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The Canberra Times has an AAP story making it clear that Meredith does not want to be known as “leader” but rather as “Parliamentary Convenor”.

FURTHER UPDATE: A brief statement has now been forthcoming from the Greens. They’ve also welcomed Caroline Le Couteur on board.

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117 Responses to
Meredith Hunter to lead the Greens
Thumper 1:05 pm 27 Oct 08

It will be interesting to see how the Greens now perform given that they will now ber a legitimate part of the decision mmaking process, rather than sniping from the sides with no responsibility.

Are we going to see more buses, bike lanes, more expensive parking, any parking? Subsidised bikes, increased regos for cars? Mandatory retro fitting of environmentally friendly house hold appliances? Subsidies for weater tanks and solar?

Interesting times ahead. Let us wait with bated breath.

Tempestas 1:02 pm 27 Oct 08

Hate to break it to you Arty, but Four Corners busted the furphy about environmentally sensitive houses costing more a couple of years ago.

It turned out in California, that once the local authorites had bulldozed a few new houses that failed to meet the 6 or 7 star rating the builders got really good at doing it properly without adding huge amounts to the cost. Of course some developers may have not felt as wealthy.

I suspect the development lobby will be the group with the most to lose and will therefore be the noisiest.

areaman 12:58 pm 27 Oct 08

Soolin said :

Arty’s right – if the Greens want to make mandatory a lot of new sustainability features for houses it’s going to cost, and that will mean house prices will have to rise.

That’s entirely different from saying the “no development party” will make sure nothing new is built. which Arty claimed to begin with.

areaman 12:56 pm 27 Oct 08

Ditto if they just take the speakership and sit on the crossbench – the electorate will wonder why they bothered electing them.

That’s pretty much every other minority government in the ACT has worked. We’ve had cross benches of that size in the past. I’m not saying they shouldn’t be part of the government, they just need to be all in or all out, they can’t be half pregnant.

Soolin 12:54 pm 27 Oct 08

Arty’s right – if the Greens want to make mandatory a lot of new sustainability features for houses it’s going to cost, and that will mean house prices will have to rise.

Soolin 12:51 pm 27 Oct 08

jimbocool said :

Very interesting – the legitimization of the Greens continues apace. The role of Leader of the Oppositon is confined to the leader of the party with the most non-government members, and only the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition get any extra pay or staffing entitlement, so it will be interesting to see what is offered to Leader Hunter in the coming horsetrading.

I also think that David McLennan is on to something in his article in the CT today – if the Greens become a legitimate part of government, instead of an all-care-no-responsibility crossbench, there are implications for future elections. If they are part of government, deliver a substantial proportion of their election policy and don’t bankrupt the ACT in the process then surely their vote will increase. Conversely, if they are part of government, but don’t deliver on their policies then one could expect a strong backlash. Ditto if they just take the speakership and sit on the crossbench – the electorate will wonder why they bothered electing them.

Couldn’t agree more jimbocool. It was easy to be Green when all you could do was criticise the government and didn’t actually have to implement any policies of your own. Now let’s see what happens…

Arty 12:49 pm 27 Oct 08

Sorry Overheard you are right we all get a subsidized house in Yarralumla and everyone gets a free hug! Do you feel better now?

Of course house prices will go up, just look at the extra crap they want added to the houses to start with. Try looking at their web site bonehead; the alarm bell should ring when people start talking about the whole life of house and more crap along that line.

Skidbladnir 12:47 pm 27 Oct 08

LG said :

Black Swan indeed 😉

Well, it is on the official ACT coat of arms…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Canberra_COA.gif

White swan dextre (rampant) faces Black swan sinistre (rampant); supporting English crown jewels, portcullis over tree, shield emblazoned; sword and mace (crossed) behind crown over fortress, over white rose.

Offtopic, but originally the ACT heraldric motto was “By the King, the Law, and the Mob” in Latin, but in 1935 we changed it to something less anarchy-inspiring.

jimbocool 12:45 pm 27 Oct 08

Very interesting – the legitimization of the Greens continues apace. The role of Leader of the Oppositon is confined to the leader of the party with the most non-government members, and only the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition get any extra pay or staffing entitlement, so it will be interesting to see what is offered to Leader Hunter in the coming horsetrading.

I also think that David McLennan is on to something in his article in the CT today – if the Greens become a legitimate part of government, instead of an all-care-no-responsibility crossbench, there are implications for future elections. If they are part of government, deliver a substantial proportion of their election policy and don’t bankrupt the ACT in the process then surely their vote will increase. Conversely, if they are part of government, but don’t deliver on their policies then one could expect a strong backlash. Ditto if they just take the speakership and sit on the crossbench – the electorate will wonder why they bothered electing them.

poptop 12:36 pm 27 Oct 08

If leadership was about who got the most votes, Wayne Berry would have been ALP leader after the ’98 Election and then, presumably CM in 2001. What a different world it might have been . . .

The various times I have met her, Meredith seems eminently sensible and reasonably pragmatic.

They’d better get crascking and change the banner on their website.

areaman 12:30 pm 27 Oct 08

I think she’s a good choice, she has the second safest seat but could still use the leaders bump and she comes from the social progressive side of the party rather than the environmental wing which is good if they want to expand (or at least keep their current) vote. Plus it would look a bit bad to have the three women led by the one man.

Overheard 12:25 pm 27 Oct 08

Arty said :

Good to see the Greens get up, now sit back and watch those house prices rise! the “no development party” will make sure nothing new is built.

Evidence? Rationale? A premise? A clue? Feel free to elaborate.

Arty 12:24 pm 27 Oct 08

Good to see the Greens get up, now sit back and watch those house prices rise! the “no development party” will make sure nothing new is built.

Skidbladnir 12:23 pm 27 Oct 08

I’d call it ‘strange’, but only because it wasn’t what I was expecting.
I like suprises like that.

At a guess, the four-way discussion amongst the Greens floated this one, but I am (and I guess everybody watching will be) interested in what their reasons were.
But, the official fiction will come out, and there will be solidarity on it, so we’ll never get to know.

Long may she reign over us.

LG 12:22 pm 27 Oct 08

Good tactical move to possibly shore up the Green’s seat in Ginninderra come next election. They should always get a seat in Molongolo but the five-seat electorates are much harder. Now Meredith Hunter will get the “leader’s boost” in 2012 and should be guranteed to be reelected (depending on Green performance in the Assembly).

Combined with Stanhope not standing next election might also help Green prospects of getting a second seat in Ginninderra. Black Swan indeed 😉

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