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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Tasmanian Greens ...Media Release


The Tasmanian Greens today responded to suggestions that Labor and Liberal form a coalition because of their similarity of policies, saying that this was not beyond the realm of possibilities and that the Greens had long dubbed them tweedledum and tweedledee.

Greens Opposition Leader Peg Putt MHA pointed out that such a coalition would see the Greens as the official Opposition party, a building block towards eventual government.

“Labor and Liberal really are tweedledum and tweedledee on almost everything, so a coalition arrangement between them is not outside the realms of possibility,” Ms Putt said.

The Greens have often been called the ‘real opposition’ in the Tasmanian Parliament and if Labor and Liberal got together then we would be recognised as the official Opposition Party of the Parliament.”

“This would be another step towards eventual government and should not be ruled out.”

“At last the reality that political parties must be prepared to work together is being discussed as the constitutionally irresponsible notion of refusing what the voters deliver is exposed.”

“Multi-party government is an entrenched feature of government in Europe with a range of different coalitions and arrangements being the norm.”


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