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Conservation through Hare-Clark

Using the Hare-Clark voting system to advance conservation with Alistair Graham

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We have arranged for Alistair Graham to lead a workshop to discuss some key aspects of preparing for and participating in elections campaigns in Tasmania with its Hare-Clark voting system.  This state election, the number of seats for each of the five electorates will be restored from five to seven; and with selected Legislative Council seat elections, especially Hobart, in May, and selected Council elections later in the year. 

Alistair has considerable accumulated experience with participating in and analysing the results of elections in Tassie, nationally and in New Zealand and is keen to help forest activists get the most out  of their efforts.  

He learnt his trade campaigning on bringing a halt to logging of NZ’s native forests with the Native Forest Acton Council and then on the full range of issues with Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO) in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s (including developing a technique for analysing three-cornered electoral fights with the rise of Social Credit on the heels of their considerable success in Canada).  

On moving to Australia in the mid ‘80s, he coordinated conservation groups’ input into the Commonwealth’s ‘Helsham’ Royal Commission aimed at protecting the National Estate from logging.  He then worked as National Director for TWS, including the period leading up to the Green-Labor Accord that put a minority Labor government in power following the 1989 Tasmanian election, and participated in it’s Forest Working Group for some years in the mid ‘90s, including fostering development of the strategy document, ‘Saving Native Forests in the Atomic Age’.  

He had the good fortune to work as part of the renowned team of national election campaigners within TWS at that time.  He continued to work on local council and Tassie state elections, especially as a Huon/Franklin resident and, like many of his peers of a certain age, is feeling a sense of déjà vu.

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