In 2014 our Brunswick campaign team, along with a strong statewide campaign, increased our primary vote by 9.5%. We got more primary votes than any other party for the first time in this electorate. With a 2.2% margin (fewer than 900 votes) the seat is now truly marginal. The local state MP, Jane Garrett, announced two weeks ago she would not recontest the seat and will seek pre-selection for the Western Metropolitan region in the upper house. I think the Moreland Greens can take some of the credit for that.
In 2014 Labor argued that Jane Garrett was a progressive candidate and that Brunswick was best served by having her in the Labor caucus. No matter how progressive a candidate Labor runs in Brunswick this time, we will explain that they will have to vote alongside their right-wing colleagues to privatise more of our state and to build more freeways. Labor has consistently disappointed Brunswick on education funding, brown coal-fired power, bike lanes and election donations. It is unlikely to magically improve after retaining Brunswick. The one sound they won't ignore is the sound of falling seats.
The people of Brunswick trust the Greens to stand up to business interests, to clean up our democracy and to confront the climate emergency.