In analysing the collapse in public support for the Australian Greens, one factor has been overlooked in attempting to explain the spectacular decline in their vote. That factor is arrogance.
Arrogance in terms of lecturing the community about its apparently woeful moral standards on issues such as border protection. Arrogance in terms of having little regard for the concept of an electoral mandate, and the old-fashioned view that government should only implement policies which have been presented to and endorsed by the people.
Arrogance in terms of advocating policies which require large amounts of money to fund, and ducking responsibility for explaining how the cash can be found without destroying the federal budget.
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