With friends like these: Labor hatred of the Greens is self-defeating

If Labor worries too much about fending off the Greens rather than beating the Coalition, its chances of regaining government are slim.

Over the weekend, the Labor Party seemed to embark on a media tantrum around their failure to recapture the seat of Melbourne from the Greens' Adam Bandt. The local Victorian state member for Brunswick, Jane Garrett, vented her frustrations in The Weekend Australian. The main opinion piece in the Sunday Age also centred on this contest, making a great deal of the fact that Bandt outspent his Labor opponent “at least four to one”.

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