Bandt challenges Labor on preference deals.
Greens MP Adam Bandt today challenged Labor to come clean about reports of preference negotiations and deals in Batman with Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives.
“Cory Bernardi has said he aims to preference Labor in Batman ‘subject to negotiations’,” said Mr Bandt.
“Labor did a deal with the Liberals last election to get preferences in Batman and it looks like they might do it again with Cory Bernardi.
“Voters in Batman would be horrified if there’s a dirty preference deal underway that could see Labor preferences delivering Cory Bernardi the Senate balance of power at the next election.
“Voters in Batman deserve to know, a week out from when voting starts, what negotiations are taking place between Labor and Cory Bernardi.
“Bill Shorten needs to rule out preference negotiations with the far-right for preferences in Batman.”
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Cory Bernardi’s quote as contained in The Spectator Australia, on February 14, 2018:
“The Greens are very, very negative. Subject to negotiations, we would probably give our preferences to Labor.”