Tried to be mainstream but they’re still the loony left
Watching the Greens involvement in public debate is like watching a runaway train.
No one knows who’s driving; no one knows where the brakes are; and no one has seemed to notice the cliff around the next bend.
The Party that has long relished occupying the twilight zone of political discourse in this country, promised a generational change when Bob Brown departed public life.
One of Brown’s final keynote addresses in Hobart beautifully represented the sum of his overall contribution to educated debate on important issues. In his speech he claimed the reason we haven’t found alien life on other worlds, is that upon becoming technologically advanced, their over-industrialisation strangled their planet into extinction. NASA and Trekkies were agog at Brown’s revelation.
When Christine Milne took up the reins of leadership she promised a more responsible form of political involvement; a willingness to be more relevant to the wider community.
This was repeated only a few days ago when the Greens acting leader, Adam Bandt launched the Greens strategy to appear more responsible and relevant to mainstream Australia by ‘looking after people and the environment… and funding the social services Australians rightly expect, like public schools, Denticare and the NDIS.”
Sounds fairly responsible – almost like a real political party seeking to engage with mainstream Australians.
Alas, only a few days later the Green’s runaway train careened through Adam Bandt’s well-constructed proclamation as they reverted to their extreme roots.
Yesterday, the leader of the new ‘responsible’ Greens, Senator Christine Milne, blatantly supported the irresponsible actions of an activist whose ‘hoax’ financial announcement directly impacted on the investment savings of workers and retirees with shares in Whitehaven Coal.
As if playing stupid games with ordinary Australian’s savings wasn’t enough, his actions would have also caused unnecessary anxiety amongst Whitehaven’s 1500 workers.
In a statement to the media Senator Milne endorsed the actions of this radical nonce from Frontline Action on Coal, stating that they were “…part of a long and proud history of civil disobedience, potentially breaking the law, to highlight something wrong.”
The comments followed similar congratulations from Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon on Twitter.
These comments are a reprehensible endorsement of an activist who has been arrested by police on a previous occasion and is facing charges for intimidation and trespassing.
After dismal results in recent state and local elections, it’s understandable that the Greens would pull out all the stops to appeal to mainstream voters in a Federal election year.
However, backing the potentially illegal and seriously malicious actions of a radical activist, once again white-ants the party’s credibility with mainstream Australia.
It shows their true nature as being a band of radical, political loons operating on the fringe, with nothing of value to add to the further development of our nation.
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