9th February 2011

The Australian Christian Lobby today cautiously welcomed comments by NSW Opposition Leader, Barry O’Farrell that his party was unlikely to enter into a preference deal with the NSW Greens.

ACL’s NSW Director David Hutt said Mr O’Farrell’s comments to the National Press Club were encouraging. “The NSW system of optional preferential voting means there is no reason why the Coalition should give preferences to the Greens.”

Mr Hutt said recent events in Federal Parliament had thrown a spotlight on the extreme policies of the Greens.

“More and more we are seeing that the Greens’ agenda goes far beyond environmental protection. They support a range of social engineering policies that are clearly making a lot of people uncomfortable.

“I strongly suspect that Mr O’Farrell will be rewarded politically for any decision not to preference the Greens in the same way Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu was rewarded on Election Day for a similar decision.”