Elections to Federal Council today - Greens fight for a seat
Elections to the Federal Council take place today and the Greens will be fighting for a seat at the top table. Although they’re unlikely to be successful.
The government members are voted on by parliament and tradition states that those members already in office tend not to be deselected. Openings normaly only appear after resignations.
There have been exceptions – but they’re few and far between.
The Green Party believes it is entitled to a seat after the recent parliamentary elections saw it become the fourth largest party. It’s gunning for one of the two places held by the Liberals.
But there are worries the Greens would destabilize the government and upset the so-called Magic Formula which determines the make-up of the government.
Political analysts suggest they don’t have the support in parliament to break tradition.