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Monday, January 16, 2006

Greens in Bitter Factional Fight - Graeme Sturges, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Greens in Bitter Factional Fight - Graeme Sturges, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Peg Putt’s desire to be Deputy Premier is nothing more than a deluded dream as rumours abound about her departure from State Parliament amid a bitter Green factional fight.

Labor Member for Denison Graeme Sturges said that the Lennon Labor Government is not interested in forming a coalition with the Greens.

“Labor offers Tasmania stable, secure government.

“The Greens are a rabble who are constantly at war with each other.

“Bob Brown is expected to leave the Senate this year and Peg Putt is ready to head to Canberra to replace him.

“But before she does, she is trying to ensure the Greens do not fall under the leadership of deep green Nick McKim.

“Ms Putt’s faction put Cassy O’Conner on their Denison ticket without a pre-selection processes in the hope she will replace Peg when she retires from State Parliament.

“But it looks like Ms Putt is fighting a losing battle.

“There was a time when a ‘soft green’ Ms Putt supported rotary mills. But yesterday when Premier Paul Lennon announced a $60 million rotary mill investment, Ms Putt was forced by Mr McKim’s anti-development faction to attack the plan.

“Of course Ms Putt will deny she is leaving State Parliament, just as Bob Brown did when he went.

“Her forced attack on the rotary peeling mills shows she is losing the fight within her own party showing again why the Greens are unsuitable Coalition partners,” Mr Sturges said.

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