The Victorian 'Greenslide' failed to materialize but is progressive on track for an upper house balance of power

The Greens' high hopes evaporated as the pre-election polls rolled in; leader Samantha Ratnam turns attention to the Legislative Council

As her "Greenslide" forecast failed to materialize on Sunday, Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam turned her attention to hoping the party could maintain the balance of power in the upper house to sway a return to Daniel Andrews' government.

Ratnam was in good spirits late Saturday, declaring a surge in support on the back of early election results which showed a number of lower house seats played for minor parties.

But while the Greens took the historically safe Labour's seat in Richmond to add to the party's three seats in the previous parliament, the strong flow of pre-election and postal votes to their opponents saw any hopes of extra largely evaporate over the next 24 hours. Their best chance of securing additional seats remains in Northcote, where they trailed Labor by 865 votes on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking to reporters over lunch on Sunday, Ratnam said he was confident the party could secure three seats in the upper house, where he was the only Green Party MP in the past term.

Green Party candidate Katherine Copsey has been elected for the Southern Metropolitan area and the party also hopes to gain representation in the Northeast Metropolitan and West Victoria areas.

“We are willing to work constructively and cooperatively with this Labor government to get truly progressive reforms in areas such as climate, housing, integrity and many others,” said Ratnam. "We are in a strong position to be able to do that."

Election analyst Ben Raue said the Greens would most likely share the balance of power in the upper house, alongside other progressive parties which could include the Animal Justice, Reason and Legalize Cannabis parties.

Labor was counting on a similar progressive cross table to pass legislation in the last parliament, but Raue predicts the government's position in the upper house will deteriorate.

“Labor will have less numbers than they have now [and] there will be a progressive bloc of which the Greens will be a part. That is the most viable path forward," he told Guardian Australia.

The Greens had high hopes of securing the balance of power in the lower house, but Labor is racing to victory and may well surpass 55 of the 88 seats it won in the 2018 election. The Greens had won 10.9% of the lower house primary vote as of Sunday afternoon, which up slightly in 2018 (10.7%), but a smaller share than the party received in 2010 (11.2%) and 2014 (11.5%). election.

Emphasized about this, Ratnam said the party had accepted a significant change on the basis of a two-party choice. The decision by the Liberals to give preference to Labor persisted statewide meant opposition preference trickled down to the Greens.

"We know the counting is still continuing," he said. "There's still a race too close to call but it's a strong result for the Greens."

Addressing the media on Sunday, Andrews struck a veiled blow at the Greens, saying "no member of my team will sit in parliament as a result of the Liberal party preference".

But Ratnam fired back, saying the party had won seats because "voters care about the issues we want to engage them with".

"And we've seen progressive voices increase right across the city," he said.

The Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, on Sunday dismissed talk of a "Greenslide" and inflated claims of a switch to a smaller party.

“I know that some people will suggest that the wholesale party process somehow will never work again. Yes, I lead a majority Labor government, Daniel Andrews just got elected to a third term with a majority Labor government," he told reporters Sunday.

Labor and the Coalition received 72.1% of the primary vote during Sunday afternoon's tally, down from 78.1% in 2018. This article was written by EDUKASI CAMPUS. 

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