Greens Party wipeout admission by Christine Milne. The Greens risk losing two Senate spots at the federal election, leader Christine Milne is conceding, but she remains adamant the poll is not about numbers. Don’t mind me asking but isn’t it about numbers to get seats or are we dealing with some-one so stupid to think anything else is possible. The person we want to see gone is that outright debacle and poor excuse for Australian womanhood Sarah Hanson-Young.
Senator Milne, who will mark one year as Greens leader next Saturday, said the lead-up to the election would be an uphill battle for the party. She said senators Sarah Hanson-Young and Scott Ludlam faced a tough fight to save their seats and the party’s balance of power in the Senate.
Dismissing recent poll results that put the Greens lower-house vote at 10 per cent, down slightly from the record 11.8 per cent primary vote it gained at the 2010 election, Senator Milne said the election would not be about ”numbers”. ”It’s about us holding the balance of power and holding our sitting members,” she said. ”Scott Ludlam and Sarah Hanson-Young, they will be fighting it out with a conservative for the last seats [in West Australia and South Australia].”
Amid the complex balance of power calculations, Senator Milne said Opposition Leader Tony Abbott needed to win only two more seats to gain control of the Senate. She said that while the Greens did not want to see an Abbott government in Canberra, the ”overwhelming od
ds” were that the Coalition would easily win the election. But Senator Milne said that if her party maintained the balance of power in the Senate, there would be opportunities for the Greens under the Coalition, despite their differences on big-ticket policies such as climate change and asylum seekers.
There was more likelihood of influencing the Coalition than Labor on gay marriage, she said. Following the government’s proposed changes to super
legislation on Friday, Senator Milne said, super fund managers should be forced to disclose how much
they earn. She said there was no accountability around fund managers, whose estimated earnings range from $500,000 to several million dollars a year.
”These fund managers are no doubt getting paid very large amounts to manage the people’s superannuation, but there is no accountability in terms of the community knowing how much they earn and then comparing that with the performance of the funds,” Senator Milne said.
Last month, AustralianSuper chief executive Ian Silk criticised the level of remuneration in the superannuation industry, describing it as ”manifestly excessive.”
Senator Milne said the Greens would seek to amend superannuation laws when Parliament returned for the budget sitting in May.
Greens Party wipeout admission by Christine Milne.