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Scare campaign will fail: Kelly

Blow back ... Federal Labor MP Mike Kelly says the Greens' vote was hurt by their refusal to compromise federally.

Blow back ... Federal Labor MP Mike Kelly says the Greens' vote was hurt by their refusal to compromise federally. Photo: Melissa Adams

Federal Labor MP Mike Kelly believes the tentative results of the ACT election indicate Tony Abbott's scare campaign against the carbon tax will not prove effective in next year's federal election.

Dr Kelly, whose electorate of Eden-Monaro is centred on Queanbeyan, also believes the fall in the Greens' vote in last Saturday's election is partly due to the party's intransigence on federal political issues.

He cited the Greens' refusal to consider any compromise in its opposition to sending asylum seekers to Nauru or Papua New Guinea for processing.

''The message I am getting is that people were unhappy with the Greens' refusal to engage effectively on issues like dealing with the asylum seeker problem,'' he said.

''If a party is going to be involved with delivering government then it has to show some signs of maturity in being able to work through issues and deal with the reality of situations and not be dogmatic about things.

''So I think the [local] Greens may have suffered a bit of blowback from that,'' he said. ''There's also been some concern building about the realism of the Greens' approach to budgets and costing of programs.''

He conceded the Canberra Liberals ran a strong and relentless campaign under the ''triple rates'' banner. However, he believed their ads were deceptive, disingenuous and untrue.

15 comments

  • So in the Queensland and NSW elections where Labor were hammered, they insisted it was all down to local factors (no federal issues I tells ya). Now they make some spurious claim that the Greens vote went down in the ACT election because of their position on asylum seekers, a solely federal issue.

    GIMME a BREAK!

    Commenter
    Richo
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    October 25, 2012, 9:34AM
    • Oh please, Mike. Give it a rest. The carbon tax, and the deceitful way your Prime Minister introduced it (after saying she wouldn't), will be a factor in the next election. It was done to appease the Greens and get their support. Why? It was never in doubt - they would never have supported the Coalition. It is too late now to try and distance yourself from them. You and your mates will be gone, gone, gone. Labor has made a complete hash of it - just not up to the task.

      Commenter
      EdenMonaroVoter
      Date and time
      October 25, 2012, 10:47AM
      • I think you'll find that when neither the Liberals nor Labour Party have the answers for the population - when there is no "right" choice - that is when support for minor parties is at it's highest. That changes when it is obvious that one party is "wrong" and people want to make certain that they don't win the election. For any party to get a clear win they need to convince the voters that they are strong, have great leaders, will protect out standards of living and the others can't do this.

        Commenter
        Tuggeranong Resident
        Date and time
        October 25, 2012, 11:30AM
        • Mr Kelly, I am not sure I agree, the Carbon Tax, is a progressive tax,designed to increase and hurt, As far as the Greens and there Budgets and costing programs I totally agree. But as far as the Triple your Rates Campaign, we will all just have to wait and see, my rates alone went up $600 this year thats 23% already.

          Commenter
          Martin Says
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          October 25, 2012, 11:40AM
          • Unfortunately Mike doesn't also realise the fact that Australian voters will paint his Labor party and the Greens as one of the same. Therefore if an election was held today, he would be out looking for a job within about 2 days. Mike's day's are numbered and he has done nothing for his electorate and he knows it too.

            Commenter
            Ben
            Location
            Canberra
            Date and time
            October 25, 2012, 12:29PM
            • Mike Kelly, good try. I was scared way way way before the Carbon tax ever came in!

              Commenter
              Deutsch
              Location
              Canberra
              Date and time
              October 25, 2012, 12:33PM
              • Regardless of the issue concerning carbon pricing we the consumer are getting slugged a premium in our power bills.

                What the federal government now needs to do after they deceitfully introduced carbon pricing under the guise:

                "... it won't be introduced under my government (sic)"

                is remove the incentive of utility companies gold plating their networks with a generous regulatory return to them.

                We the consumer are currently getting slugged with the price of power, plus a regulatory return plus the carbon pricing which is equating to an enormous increase in power bills. Remove/reduce the generous network incentive and power bills should fall appreciably.

                Commenter
                View
                Date and time
                October 25, 2012, 12:38PM
                • Just doesn't matter Mick cos no one in their right mind is gunna line up for another serve of what Australian's have been going thru for the past few years

                  Commenter
                  cape republic
                  Location
                  weston
                  Date and time
                  October 25, 2012, 12:40PM
                  • Scare campaign? Unlikely, as people only need to look at their cost of living as proof of the failed labor/green great social engineering project.

                    Commenter
                    TheJoker1214324
                    Date and time
                    October 25, 2012, 1:40PM
                    • There is a long list of things that the people do not like about this Government, and the carbon tax is but one of them.

                      Commenter
                      Little Johnny
                      Location
                      Brisbane
                      Date and time
                      October 25, 2012, 2:40PM

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