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Greens look to 25% vote increase

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Noel Towell

Confident ... Shane Rattenbury believes the Greens can capture an extra 400,000 votes at the next federal election.

Confident ... Shane Rattenbury believes the Greens can capture an extra 400,000 votes at the next federal election. Photo: Rohan Thomson

The Australian Greens are trying to raise a multimillion-dollar election war chest, telling donors that the party can boost its vote by 25 per cent at the next federal election.

The party has declared a $3 million "national fund-raising target" and says research indicates it can increase its 1.6 million votes at the last national poll to more than 2 million at the election next year.

Despite most published opinion polls showing a slump in Greens support since the 2010 election, the fund-raising material distributed in Canberra by ACT Greens minister Shane Rattenbury includes claims the party can capture an extra 400,000 votes countrywide. The latest Nielsen Poll has the Greens on 10 per cent of the vote nationally, down from the 11.8 per cent it attracted in 2010, an all-time high.

The last time the Greens faced the voters was in the ACT election in October, when they suffered a swing against them of nearly 5 per cent, losing three of their four members in the territory's Assembly.

But Mr Rattenbury is undeterred, sending out fund-raising material to Canberra supporters asking for money to allow the party to "hit the ground running in 2013".

"We now turn our attention to the federal election … there is no doubt this will be a challenge for us," the remaining Greens MLA wrote.

"We need to rebuild our resources following the ACT election and prepare for the federal campaign ahead.

''Our research to date indicates that 2 million votes across the country next election are achievable.''

"To help us reach this goal, we've set a national fund-raising target of $3 million," Mr Rattenbury wrote.

"Now is the time to start building this capacity to take on the old parties in 2013.

Liberal ACT Senator Gary Humphries, the man whose seat has been targeted by the Greens in the territory at the past several elections, poured scorn on the Greens claims on Tuesday.

Senator Humphries accused his opponents of distributing "dodgy polling".

"Only a couple of weeks ago I predicted the Greens would release rounds of dodgy polling in the lead up to the federal election - well here is the first of them,'' he said.

''The Greens' claim goes against all evidence to the contrary; I find the announcement bizarre to say the least.

''People will vote against the party who raise their cost of living … raising living costs is in the Greens' DNA."

8 comments

  • Now that Mr Ratenbury has been made the King of Canberra by the new Green Labor comments like these make it appear he is angling for the top aussie job, perhaps the world.
    Uhmm, your a bit of a concern Mr Rattenbury.

    Commenter
    Cool Old Dog
    Location
    ACT
    Date and time
    December 20, 2012, 9:15AM
    • Really? You honestly think that Shane Rattenbury wants to be 'KING OF THE WORLD!!!'. Wild eyed conspiracy theorists are alive and well in Canberra!

      Commenter
      Xavier
      Location
      Dickson
      Date and time
      December 20, 2012, 10:12AM
  • The Greens would have to make their policies appeal to 25% of people which would be difficult for them. We all want the environment protected, but outside of this Green politics are fairly far to the left which appeals to a smaller segment of the population. If they managed to make policies that appealed to 25% of people then a fraction of their very left-leaning voters may be irked by policies that move closer to the center.

    Commenter
    jg
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    December 20, 2012, 9:41AM
    • "We now turn our attention to the federal election … there is no doubt this will be a challenge for us," the remaining Greens MLA wrote.

      How about keeping your attention on the ACT and the challenges you set yourself in the lead up to the last election; or are the Greens just like every other party, only obsessed with keeping office?

      Less dreaming, more doing. I can't hear the clickety clack of light rail yet Shane.

      Commenter
      Stir the pot
      Date and time
      December 20, 2012, 9:57AM
      • Delusional, Mr Rattenbury. The Greens will hit the ground and stay there face down in 2013. Stick to being the Mayor of Canberra and get us our light rail.

        Commenter
        Badger
        Location
        O'Connor
        Date and time
        December 20, 2012, 10:27AM
        • Forget Canberra, it's all about you and the greens Mr Rattenbury

          Commenter
          WotTha?????
          Date and time
          December 20, 2012, 10:42AM
          • LOL is he kidding? His party was all but wiped out at the ACT election, and if that can happen in good old lefty Canberra, well mate good luck with the rest of Australia, given they've actually woken up to see the Greens for what they are

            Commenter
            dreeeaming
            Location
            Canberra
            Date and time
            December 20, 2012, 2:40PM
            • Surprised this hasn't attracted more commentary but the article did seem to get buried quickly.

              Commenter
              Outraged of Palmerston
              Date and time
              December 20, 2012, 4:21PM
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