Two days out from the Batman by-election, a dedicated thread for discussion. The campaign has been dominated by the disunity of the local Greens, with Alex Bhathal’s opponents characterised by Noel Towell of The Age as “long-term party stalwarts … aghast at some of the people surrounding the candidate, who they say are newcomers to the party with a ‘whatever-it-takes’ approach to their politics”. The Financial Review reports that the Greens’ infighting has given Labor some hope in what is generally acknowledged to be an uphill struggle, with Ladbrokes presently offering $1.45 on the Greens and $2.50 on Labor. However, former Labor Senator Stephen Conroy offered a pessimistic view on Sky News yesterday.
In lieu of an opinion poll, reports suggest the mood in the Labor camp is somewhere between pessimistic and vaguely hopeful.