Greens Senator facing re-election battle after losing Xenophon preferences
Photo: Sarah Hanson-Young says she will have to work to boost her primary vote. (News Online Brisbane)
South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young admits she faces a tough battle for re-election after Independent Senator Nick Xenophon confirmed he would not direct preferences her way.Senator Xenophon says he has been swamped with calls in the past week from supporters urging him not to give first preference to the Greens above the line on ballot papers.
Senator Hanson-Young relied heavily on preferences when she was elected in 2007.
She says she will have to work hard to boost her primary vote.
Senator Hanson-Young says after six months of negotiations she had hoped to reach a deal with Senator Xenophon and is disappointed he will now preference the major parties.
"Nick made it very clear a week or so ago to us, particularly to Bob Brown, that's what he was going to do," she said.
"If he wants to preference the big parties over the Greens and other minor parties that's his choice.
"We've been worried about this for some time. I've been saying up front and clearly that Tony Abbott is coming to South Australia to get my seat.
"He wants it because he wants to get total control of the Parliament. He can only do that if he knocks me off and Nick has given him a help in that regard, he's given him an absolute leg up."
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