Mr Barton believes the Greens attempt to get rid of the GVT is not only hypocritical but also stems from pure self-interest.
“You need only look at this motion to see the Greens’ true priorities. Ms Ratnam can bring only two motions to parliament this year. She has chosen, that rather than uplift the vulnerable, free refugees or mitigate climate change, that she would rather waste a whole motion attempting to distort our democracy.”
“I wear my vote as a badge of honour,” says Rod. “The Group Voting Ticket is for the little guy, it is the check and balance that corrects the super-planners and bureaucrats, and I will continue to perform this role with pride, respect and humility.”
Mr Barton, along with other members of the crossbench, also pointed to the fact that when the Greens had five members elected to the Upper House in 2014, they did not think the system worth changing then.
It is not surprising that not one other member of the Upper House supported this motion. Even the government recognises the importance of the crossbench in providing robust debate and better policy outcomes.
Mr Barton will continue to fight for the little guy, hold the government to account, and it should be noted that 22.1% of Victorians did not vote for the major parties in Victoria in 2018.
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