Nationals lose sight of senate reform
IN the rush to get a dodgy Senate voting deal legislated, the Nationals haven't cottoned on to the fact that they will lose the capacity to run their own ticket.
As a result, they will be unable to threaten to leave the Coalition if the Liberals let down rural Australia.
Without this threat, they will be powerless to represent the bush.
The Greens won the NSW country seat of Ballina and very nearly won Lismore from the Nationals.
Do the Nationals realise their Coalition is becoming a lighter shade of green?
And what does that mean for the future?
SENATORS DAVID LEYONH, JELM AND BOB DAY
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