Victorian Election - grim results in the upper house

To: Russell Woodford <>
Subject: Victorian Election - grim results in the upper house
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:52:26 +1100
Your upper house is looking like an Italian Parliament, Russell. Hope it does 
not mean Vic having to prematurely go back to the polls. And I would not hold 
your breath about the no hunting in National Parks.

Carl Clifford

> On 30 Nov 2014, at 11:34 pm, Russell Woodford <> wrote:
> Hi everyone
> I'm not much of a political animal, but the results coming through from
> yesterday's Victorian state election have rung some alarm bells. The Greens
> have probably won a lower house seat and up to 5 upper house seats. That
> could be good news for the environment, and particularly for legislation
> which affects habitats under pressure from development.
> However, of far graver concern is the fact that the Shooters Party (aka
> Shooting and Fishing Party) looks like having 3 seats in the upper house.
> The Country Alliance also has a seat, to be held by someone who has a
> hunting background.  The Labor Party holds a clear majority in the lower
> house, but legislation may have trouble getting through the upper. Look at
> the numbers:
> Labor         13 seats
> Coalition    15 or 16
> Greens        4 or 5
> Shooters     3
> Other parties 3 or 4
> The Shooters and other minor parties received 2-3 percent of the vote, yet
> may hold the balance of power. That's not good news for those of hoping to
> see an end to duck hunting. Let's hope we don't follow NSW and allow
> hunting in national parks.
> Russell
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