Reports are that Labor is on the verge of a nationwide preference deal with The Greens. It is said that this could assure a Labor Government and that the The Greens would hold the balance of power in the Senate.
There is an old Chinese Curse - May your children live in interesting times. I think, Networkers, we are living in interesting times.
Let's imagine, though, the implications of such a deal if it comes through to the situation predicted above - Julia with her mandate; Labor in power; Greens with the balance of power in the Senate.
- Firstly we will get a price on carbon that's for sure.
- Smelling salts will have to be administered to the resource buccaneers
- The AWU (the metalliferous mining union in Australia) who made Julia PM (thereby hangs another tale) and was a key player in hosing down Rudd's resource super profits tax may need a go at the smelling salts as well.
- The thought of Senator Joe Ludwig, son of Bill Ludwig - Qld branch secretary of the AWU; 76 years old and still in harness keeping that senate spot safe for Joe - sitting down to do deals with Bob Brown of The Greens is quite titillating.
Postscript written at 1.30pm 19 July 2010
The preference deal between The Greens and Labor is confirmed.