JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

'Negotiate with haste,' Lundy tells Greens

Federal Labor senator Kate Lundy.

Federal Labor senator Kate Lundy. Photo: Rohan Thomson

The ACT Greens should fulfil their role as kingmakers as soon as possible, according to Labor senator Kate Lundy who is concerned a political vacuum could damage business confidence in the territory.

While she refused to suggest the Greens back Labor, she was critical of the time taken over negotiations after the last federal election to form a minority government.

"I would encourage the Greens to negotiate with haste," she said.

"The lesson from the drawn out process federally is it enabled the Liberals to mount a very destructive and negative campaign through that period, causing instability.

"That is not what the ACT economy needs.

"I think even the Liberal party and its supporters would not want to see a period of political instability in the ACT.

"It's bad for business, it's bad for the ACT's general reputation.

"I'm not going to speculate about what the Greens will do but I would just encourage the conversations to happen sooner rather than later in the interests of the ACT."

Senator Lundy rejected federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's view that ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja had the moral right to form government after Saturday's election.

"This assumed right was reminiscent of the tactic and attitudes Abbott took into the discussions with the cross benchers when the Gillard Labor government was formed," she said.

"It characterised Abbott's approach all the way through, he was claiming some moral right to leadership and it's incorrect.

"I think the same of Zed Seselja in the way he spoke on Saturday night.

"The whole speech was very much a claim of victory speech.

"101 in politics is if you're in a minority, you need to negotiate."

Senator Lundy said the swing to Labor was impressive given the trend around the nation of swings against the ALP.

"The ACT has once again bucked the trend," she said.

"That is really positive for Labor federally given the smashing that occurred in the most recent state election, in Queensland."

As the count continues after Saturday's poll, ACT Greens leader Meredith Hunter looks to be in danger of losing her Assembly seat in the Ginninderra electorate to Labor's Yvette Berry.

The result would leave Labor with eight seats, the Canberra Liberals with eight and the ACT Greens clinging onto the balance of power with just one MLA.

The final result is not likely to be known until Saturday night, seven days after the last votes were cast.

with Noel Towell, Lisa Cox

18 comments

  • If it is 8-8 then the logical solution is for labor and liberals have two years each. Then next election the voters will be more informed as to which was better.

    Commenter
    stoney
    Date and time
    October 23, 2012, 12:12PM
    • If it is in fact 8-8 then The Greens be better off sitting on the cross-benches and letting the others slug it out.

      By necessity it would bring about a more cooperative style of government, which in turn would offer good policy outcomes for the ACT. It would also be better for the Greens, who would probably just receive more front-line vitriol regardless of whoever they formed government with.

      Let them negotiate on individual policy issues and rebuild for the next election.

      Commenter
      yumq
      Location
      CBR
      Date and time
      October 23, 2012, 12:29PM
      • Moral right, he says. So, Abbott will abandon the Nationals to act as a minority opposition and thereby allow Labor to govern without the need for Greens or independents. How often would the Libs have held power Federally if they had taken this tack in the past, I wonder.

        Commenter
        YS
        Date and time
        October 23, 2012, 12:32PM
        • So what you are saying is the local government for the last four years was illegetiment?

          Another reason why voting shouldn't be compulsory...

          Commenter
          BBA
          Location
          Banks
          Date and time
          October 23, 2012, 7:52PM
      • The Libs, Greens and Labour parties just don't get it, do they? The ACT electorate wants neither party to have power - what we desire is a cooperative, inclusive type of government, where issues are negotiated rather than imposed. We are, in general, heartily sick of "left vs right", ego and personality in politics - we want good government aimed at the needs of Canberrans. I for one would also like to see a drop in the number of timeservers, staffers, hacks and children of ex-pollies standing for election - let us have people with some understanding of life in a wider sense trying to rule us..And yes, Ms Berry - this does include you

        Commenter
        Cobbcres
        Location
        Ainslie
        Date and time
        October 23, 2012, 12:41PM
        • Excellent comment.

          Commenter
          yumq
          Location
          CBR
          Date and time
          October 23, 2012, 2:38PM
      • Worst case scenario is this knuckle head Greens party forming a minority with the equally hopeless Socialists. Best case scenario is an outright Liberal win - isn't going to happen though. Either way, it is a massive slap in the face for both Labor and the Greens and a win for the Conservatives. Next state to fall is South Australia.

        Commenter
        David R. Ingram
        Location
        Sydney.
        Date and time
        October 23, 2012, 1:14PM
        • No, don't negotiate in haste, minority governments at the federal level has resulted in Australia going no where.

          Commenter
          Tony of Brisbane
          Date and time
          October 23, 2012, 1:22PM
          • I wouldn't be taking advice from Tony Abbott about how to form a minority government any more than I'd take advice about navigation from the Captain of the Titanic.

            Commenter
            Atkinson
            Location
            Canberra
            Date and time
            October 23, 2012, 1:34PM
            • So one minute Kate Lundy is saying I don't favour what direction the Greens go with Labor or Liberals and then saying Liberals can be quite destructive while the period of indecision continues.

              The subliminal message here is she obviously doesn't a Liberal government ruling in Canberra.

              Commenter
              View
              Date and time
              October 23, 2012, 1:35PM

              More comments

              Comments are now closed
              Featured advertisers

              Special offers

              Credit card, savings and loan rates by Mozo