Federal Greens leader Adam Bandt believes his party is on track for a record result at this month’s state election, as it attempts its first succession of power within a NSW seat.
The Greens have told NSW Labor it cannot count on its support to form a minority government unless it agrees to several key demands, including a mandatory cashless gaming card, no new coal or gas projects and a commitment for First Nations seats in parliament.
Speaking at the Greens campaign launch on Saturday, an enthusiastic Bandt said he could “not wait” for the state election.“This is on track for a record result,” he said of the Greens’ campaign, adding that he believed young people in particular were choosing his party instead of Labor due to climate concerns.
Greens MLC Cate Faehrmann told the crowd she expected the state’s final upper house spot would be a contest between Coe and “the likes of Mark Latham and One Nation”.
However, Faehrmann was somewhat dismissive of the teal campaigns, saying the Greens had seen major party alternatives “come and go”, and criticising their openness to forming government with the Coalition, an option the Greens have ruled out.
“Who knows where they’ll land: Labor or Liberal. The thing is: they don’t even know,” she said.
“I would like to thank very much Jamie Parker for trusting me to carry on your incredible work in NSW parliament,” Greens candidate Kobi Shetty said at the launch.
Story by Mary Ward in the Sydney Morning Herald, 11 March 2023.