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The latest Newspoll published in The Australian is devastating for the NSW Labor Party.

Their primary vote has crashed a record low of 26 per cent while the Coalition is up 2 points to 44 per cent. The Greens are up 5 to a record high of 17 per cent.

On a two party preferred basis the Coalition leads Labor 59-41.

Kristina Keneally and Barry O’Farrell are almost split on the preferred premier numbers, 35 to 34.

It’s hard to overstate how bad these numbers are for the Labor Party as they represent a complete wipe out at the next election.

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Alex Mitchell in today’s Crikey was also reporting on the shenanigans in Parliament that I wrote about here. The interesting part of the article is towards the end, where Mitchell suggests a changing political dynamic in NSW.

Having spent the past 15 years relying on the votes of far right elements like Fred Nile’s Christian Democrats and the Shooters, Labor is undertaking a political realignment with the Greens who hold a power-broking four seats.

This change is both pragmatic and smart. It is the only way the Government can unfold its legislative program with any degree of certainty and it will create better conditions to reach a preference agreement with the Greens — currently polling a very healthy 14 per cent — for the next state election on March 26, 2011.

The nasty personal abuse of the Greens which became a feature of the upper house when Michael Costa was Treasurer has ended and so has Labor Ministers’ disgraceful tolerance of Fred Nile and his religious, ethnic and gender phobias.

Rees, Tebbutt and the premier’s chief of staff Graham Wedderburn are steering Labor in another political and electoral direction.

I disagree with a number of these points, mainly because I think the evidence contradicts Mitchell’s argument.

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An article today in the Sydney Morning Herald  on The Greens had it all. Leadership intrigue, pre-selection tussles, commentary by unnamed sources and factional brawling.

You get the feeling that The Greens are saying “Hey, we can be like NSW Labor too!”

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Last week The Greens’ Lee Rhiannon tried to move a bill that would prevent the building of new mines on prime agricultural land and sensitive aquifers. The National Farmer’s Federation supported the bill and a few bus loads of farmers came down on Thursday to protest in its support.

The Coalition decided to support the bill, as did the Rev. Dr. Moyes meaning only one more vote was required for it to pass. The Shooters seem to do whatever Labor says these days so it was down to Fred Nile from the Christian Democrats. He voted against it.

Fair enough, you might say. He’s an elected member of parliament and has every right to vote however he wants. But what was the reason he gave for voting it down? Why did he disagree with it? According to Mr. Nile, it wasn’t “because of the content”. Why then, Fred? Because if it passed it would:

give a great ability for the Green party to blow their trumpets

Faced with the choice of trying to implement good policy to protect the environment and the livelihood of farmers across the state and engaging in rank political opportunism, Nile chose the latter and apparently has no qualms about doing so.

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