have warned Labor it will face a “brutal” campaign in key inner-city seats if
it shifts to the Right on climate change and the Adani mine under a new leader
in an effort to reconnect with blue-collar workers.
As Labor contemplates a return to the political centre and a
more pro-jobs stance on coalmining after its electoral drubbing in Queensland,
Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt flagged a fresh attack on the ALP’s Left
flank, including Anthony Albanese’s seat of Grayndler.
“If Labor lurches to the Right under new leadership and
back-pedals on climate and Adani, the Greens will mount a fierce inner-city
push to represent voters abandoned on the Left,” Mr Bandt said.
Mr Albanese, Labor’s likely next leader, has flagged a push to
reconnect with voters in regional Australia, earning the endorsement of senior
NSW Right MP Joel Fitzgibbon, who said the party was punished for
“fence-sitting” on issues like the Adani coalmine.
Mr Bandt, who received a nearly 6 per cent swing towards him on
Saturday in his seat of Melbourne, said inner-city voters would punish Labor if
it endorsed the Adani mine and backed away from its environmental pledges,
including its vow to slash carbon emissions by 50 per cent.
“In seats like Griffith (Queensland), Wills (Victoria) and
Grayndler (NSW), any lurch to the Right will alienate people who want strong
action on climate and inequality,” he said.
“Labor muddled through this election trying to walk both sides
of the climate fence, but if Labor now comes down on the side of coal, the
inner-city response will be brutal.”
The Greens vote remained relatively stable at 9.98 per cent
nationally, and the party won big swings in some seats including Labor-held
Griffith, in Brisbane’s inner south.
It failed to win target seats including Higgins and Kooyong.
Labor suffered a 3.76 per cent swing against it in Queensland as
it sent mixed messages on the future of Adani under a Shorten government, with
LNP MPs Michelle Landry, George Christensen and Ken O’Dowd returned in their
mining seats with big swings to them on preferences.
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