Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham. Jerad Williams

Buckingham says ‘game over’ to SFP vote whisperer

NEW South Wales Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham has never been great mates with his political opponents in the Shooters and Fishers Party.

In congratulating the Federal Government on changes to preferential voting laws which the Shooters and Fishers say could destroy their party; Mr Buckingham dipped into some classic 1980s cinema for inspiration.

He was scathing of "vote whisperer" Glenn Druery, who has been credited with getting micro-parties elected.

Mr Buckingham said, "In the words of Private Hudson in the seminal 1986 movie, Aliens: 'Game over. Game over. Game over, man.'

"Bad luck, Glenn Druery. The game is up. The game is over.

"Your long reign of cynical manipulation of senate and upper house voting tickets has come to a long overdue end."

Mr Buckingham had little sympathy for the Shooters and Fishers, who plan to change their name to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party as a reaction to the voting system changes.

"If you support democracy and you're a democrat - a 'small d' democrat - then you support these," he said.

"These reforms are about reflecting the will of the people in our senate, not about an opaque, arcane system of preference negotiation, dodgy deals, backroom deals." -APN NEWSDESK



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