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Slogans: The Time Is Now
Themes: Socially progressive, economically left wing, pro-environment. Urgent need for climate action.
Electorates: Upper House: Eastern Victoria, North Eastern Metropolitan, Northern Metropolitan, Northern Victoria, Southern Metropolitan, South Eastern Metropolitan, Western Metropolitan, Western Victoria
Lower House: Albert Park, Ashwood, Bass, Bayswater, Bellarine, Benambra, Bendigo East, Bendigo West, Bentleigh, Berwick, Box Hill, Brighton, Broadmeadows, Brunswick, Bulleen, Bundoora, Carrum, Caulfield, Clarinda, Cranbourne, Croydon, Dandenong, Eildon, Eltham, Essendon, Eureka, Euroa, Evelyn, Footscray, Frankston, Geelong, Gippsland East, Gippsland South, Glen Waverley, Greenvale, Hastings, Hawthorn, Ivanhoe, Kalkallo, Kew, Kororoit, Lara, Laverton, Lowan, Macedon, Malvern, Melbourne, Melton, Mildura, Mill Park, Monbulk, Mordialloc, Mornington, Morwell, Mulgrave, Murray Plains, Narre Warren North, Narre Warren South, Nepean, Niddrie, Northcote, Oakliegh, Ovens Valley, Pakenham, Pascoe Vale, Point Cook, Polwarth, Prahran, Preston, Richmond, Ringwood, Ripon, Rowville, Sandringham, Shepparton, South Barwon, South West Coast, St Albans, Sunbury, Sydenham, Tarneit, Thomastown, Warrandyte, Wendouree, Werribee, Williamstown, Yan Yean
Preferences: In various orders, the first four preferences of the Greens are Reason, Legalise Cannabis, Animal Justice and Victorian Socialists. They are followed, always, by Transport Matters and the ALP.
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Policies & Commentary

The Greens policies here have not changed greatly since the federal election, so I’m not going to go into great detail here. Much like they have, in fact – there’s two sections of policy on their site, one of which is the full description of all their policies, the other of which they call their policy platform, twelve areas of concern specific to Victoria. Although you’d hardly know it from reading them, since few of them have much in the way of detail.

What is notable about these is how realistic the Greens are being – nowhere do they talk about winning government, they talk instead of using their votes to influence whoever is in government. Their Arts Policy, on the other hand, is really going all out, with sick leave for artists, more grants and general support. There’s a lot to it, and I recommend you take a look at it, because a summary won’t do it justice.

The same cannot be said of the rest of the platform. The Greens call for:

  • Reconciliation, truth-telling, restitution and a treaty for Indigenous Australians
  • Gender equality
  • The replacement of coal and gas with 100% renewable energy by 2030
  • A housing system that puts people before profit, addressing homelessness, rent rates and more
  • Greater investment in education at every level
  • Reducing the cost of living by taxing big corporations
  • Protecting the environment, including ending hunting
  • An extra $5 billion for the health system, with a particular focus on disease prevention, dental and mental health care
  • Transport policy with an eye on reducing emissions: more public transport and support for bicycle riders and pedestrians, and making electric vehicles cheaper
  • Stronger standards for integrity, transparency and anti-corruption
  • Legal reform to ensure that no one faces discrimination or harm because of their sexuality, gender identity or sex characteristics

In fairness, there is more information for each of these available on the site, as well as a large number of other policies not listed in the platform. But that’s enough to give you a pretty good idea of where the Greens are going and how they plan to get there.