Greens' party status under threat

A DEFIANT Greens leader Nick McKim has denied his party's influence will be curtailed if the Greens are stripped of their party status in State Parliament.

The Greens' numbers will be reduced to three if Tim Morris loses his seat in Lyons, one short of what's required to be recognised as a party in State Parliament.

It's up to the new premier to award the Greens any extra resources above the minimum of one taxpayer-paid employee per MP, but Will Hodgman yesterday indicated they would get no special treatment.

"We certainly will not disadvantage any member of parliament or any groupings, but if the Greens are not able to get what the law says is necessary for them to be recognised as a party in our parliament then I'm afraid it's their fault but the law is what the law is," Mr Hodgman said.

Mr Hodgman yesterday had a tough message for his losing opponents.

"There's no doubt the result for Labor and Greens was right up there for poor performance," Mr Hodgman said.

"They were sent a very clear message on the weekend. They are no longer the government and there is a new way of doing business in this state."

Mr McKim was reluctant to talk about the impact of his party's loss on their resources.

"That will all pan out, and if Will Hodgman thinks we're going to disappear no matter what resources he gives us, then think again Will, we're not going anywhere," Mr McKim said.

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