Political Chronicles 355 of voters are opposed to minority government. Consequently, it was no surprise that both major party leaders emphatically ruled out doing a deal with the Greens or any independents if they found themselves unable to form government in their own right. On their part the Greens said their preference was a hung parliament with them holding a balance of power and that they were open to discussions with both parties (Mercury, 24 October 2017). Despite the adverse public reaction to their perceived negative campaigning in the Pembroke upper house election, the Liberals commenced running negative television advertising in December, warning that a Labor-Green government after March would be an economic disaster for the State. Conclusion The second half of 2017 was dominated by posturing for the looming state election due in March 2018. Labor found itself in an unexpectedly competitive position and was level- pegging with the Liberal government in opinion polls while opposition leader Rebecca White was preferred Premier. Labor’s momentum saw them unexpectedly win the Pembroke by-election while the Hodgman government suffered a number of parliamentary defeats. Yet, as the year drew to a close, the result of the forthcoming election was not clear.
Australian Journal of Politics and History – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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