Today marks the day the Greens officially gain sole balance of power in the Senate. It also marks the thirtieth anniversary of the day the Democrats first gained the Senate balance of power back in 1981. Many people focus on the difficulties and disappointments of the Democrats declining years, and it reasonable to consider how the Greens might best avoid this fate.
But it is equally important to remember the many achievements and successes of the Democrats over nearly 30 years in the Senate, most of it in a balance of power role. The Greens may well manage to last longer than this, but at present this is a record for a ‘third’ party in Australia. So it is equally reasonable to consider how the Greens can best match and ideally improve on this legacy of achievement.
I’ve had a piece published in today’s Canberra Times which explores these factors to some extent. You can read the piece at this link.