In an surprising transfer, the Liberals have registered how-to-vote playing cards preferencing the Greens forward of Labor in Balmain amid expectations votes might swing in direction of the opposition within the harbourside seat following the retirement of long-term Greens local member Jamie Parker.
The Liberals have additionally registered how-to-vote materials preferencing the Greens above Labor in Summer Hill (held by Labor), and Newtown (held by the Greens), in accordance with materials registered with the electoral fee.
Senior Labor sources consider the help from the Liberals for the Greens in Sydney seats was secured after the Greens preferenced the Liberals above the Nationals in Port Macquarie.
“The Greens decided to pick a side in Port Macquarie, they have not done that in any other conservative contest,” mentioned one Labor supply talking on the situation of anonymity.
There is a bitter three-cornered contest underneath manner within the regional seat, dividing the Coalition. It is the primary time since 1999 that there was a three-cornered contest involving each Coalition events.
However, a Greens marketing campaign spokesman disputed any desire deal existed.
“In Port Macquarie, we are preferencing Labor second, ahead of the Liberals and Nationals. The Nationals were placed last because their candidate is a climate sceptic,” he mentioned. “It’s nonsense to even suggest we would do a deal with the Liberals. We are working hard to kick the Liberals out.”
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