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BEN MCKAY says:
IN an election full of sound-bytes and non-sequiturs, Tasmania's federal leader is stuck between a rock and a bland place.
Greens leader Christine Milne is being out-campaigned by the major parties so far in this frankly boring campaign and with 25 days left to go, it's time to kick things up a notch.
Admittedly, Senator Milne isn't running for Prime Minister - she's running largely for Senate seats - but it's hard not to feel the Greens are missing an opportunity to compete for mainstream votes by campaigning alongside the major parties.
In her first election as leader, Senator Milne is campaigning with the slogan ``Standing Up For What Matters'' and come back to two key issues more than others: asylum seeker treatment and increasing revenue from the mining tax.
This election has centred around the economy and job creation, so why aren't the Greens competing harder for the swinging vote on these issues?
The Greens have a strong policy to provide a two per cent cut to company tax paid by small business - more generous than the Coalition's 1.5 per cent - but it hasn't been a focus of their campaign like the Liberals have made their cut.
Could it be that the Greens are not suited, not interested or are just too principled to tune in to the fast-shifting narrative of the modern campaign?
Both Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Liberal leader Tony Abbott have created photogenic media opportunities on every day of the campaign thus far, in schools, businesses, sporting grounds.
"Like it or not, Australians demand personality from their political leaders and by shunning similar events, the Greens call shotgun on the back-seat in the election ride."
They've made announcements in all corners of the country, localising their national messages for their audience.
Senator Milne by contrast has largely limited her appearances to press conferences and candidate campaign launches, and it's not cutting through.
Like it or not, Australians demand personality from their political leaders and by shunning similar events, the Greens call shotgun on the back-seat in the election ride.
Closer to home, both Labor and the Liberals have pledged Tasmanian jobs packages but Senator Milne has not committed to a similar exercise.
Labor's $100 million Jobs and Growth Plan gives the party a platform to campaign across the state, ironically with funding originally brokered by environmentalists in the forestry peace deal.
We've only had a taste of the Libs' package so far - funding to employers that take on long-term unemployed.
A neat, tailored Tasmanian announcement that tackles the state's number one issue.
The rest has been promised on Mr Abbott's next visit to Tasmania, but has been promoted as a ``game-changer''.
The ``Tasmanian package'' is a crude approach to a complex employment challenge, but they're easily understandable and work well in a campaign environment.
The closest the Greens have come is Senator Whish-Wilson's ``Tasmania 2030'' vision which is pitched 17 years too far ahead for most voters.
Senator Milne claims the Greens have ``led the debate on the transition of the economy in Australia'' and yet they aren't out there selling that every day.
Without competing on this front, the Greens commit themselves at best to third-force status, and at worst to irrelevancy.
Still, there is hope.
Today Senator Milne appeared with a shiny new Greens backdrop at her press conference.