One year out from a state election, and the knives are starting to appear in the Balmain electorate.
If the polls are right, the suburb that gave birth to the Australian Labor Party in 1891 could fall to the Greens in 2011 — a stark symbol of the depth of the voters’ anger with the state government.
ALP member Verity Firth is now doing everything she can to achieve two difficult aims; prove her own green credentials while at the same time rubbishing the Greens. This is all made much more complicated by the fact that the next Greens candidate will probably be Leichhardt mayor Jamie Parker, who stands at Firth’s elbow at every local function.
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