apathetic political blogger
I will say that on a local level, the seat of Melbourne is a direct battle between Labour and The Greens. The Liberal party doesn't get a look in around here. Two posters abound in this neighbourhood. Labour is running its simple red on white placards pronouncing "I like Pike", catchy but rather meaningless. The litter in my letter box from that party has been yet another anti-Greens campaign. Sadly, not a single love letter from Peter Garrett this time. Who'd have reckoned he'd have lost his cred with the environmental crowd when he joined Labour?
Oh and Peter, I'm still waiting for a reply to my letters, the ones I sent you in 2006.
The Greens on the other hand have managed to sum up the thoughts of many disaffected Labour voters. Their billboards feature ordinary people saying "My values haven't changed, my vote has". Simple and effective.
So does an intelligent voter in this neighbourhood go for the person who presents herself as likable (yes but Minister Pike what have you done that you're proud of lately?) or the man with values (a human rights barrister who I've heard talk at many public events over the years)?
The electorate will decide.
It could be a long night, or week due to the high amount of early votes this year that won't be counted til Monday.
For a more thoughtful piece on Labour's score card, read Helen's post on Why I'm not voting Labour tomorrow.