IT could be a photo finish between The Greens, One Nation and The Shooters and Fishers Party for a Senate seat in NSW.
In an attempt to sway Calare voters, The Greens lead Senate candidate Cate Faehrmann followed in One Nation leader Pauline Hanson’s steps and spent some time in Orange selling the party’s policy.
The Greens launched their campaign in the central west a mere four days before polling day.
She admitted it was a tight contest but is hoping the 11,000 Calare voters who could receive free dental care as of January 1 might think of the Greens when they unravel the three page long white ballot paper.
Last year The Greens achieved the first step of Denticare delivering more than $4 billion in Medicare-funded dentistry for kids and extra public dental funding.
“While recognising we’re not in government, it was something we could achieve,” Ms Faehrmann said.
There was not a great deal promised for the Calare electorate by The Greens but regional policy focuses on stopping the Coles and Woolworths monopoly, easing the pressure on small businesses, boosting investment in clean energy, giving back lost money to universities and expanding their rural health plan.
David Mallard Greens candidate for Calare, said while traditionally in rural and regional areas The Greens were not popular, there is now a significant change.
“A lot of people are saying they’re voting Green for the first time,” he said.
Ms Faehrmann and Mr Mallard put it down to the alliance the party and those off the land have formed when it comes to protecting the country from coal seam gas and investment in clean energy.
Most of the right-of-centre parties have preferenced One Nation and The Shooters and Fishers Party above The Greens in the Senate.
“Even though we might get by far the most votes, or be the most popular, Pauline Hanson and The Shooters and Fishers Party, because of the preference deals, they could sneak past,” Ms Faehrmann said