A member of the VEXNEWS Investigations Unit attended a Macedon candidates forum last night in Woodend on sustainability issues held by the Macedon Ranges Ratepayers Association.
Four candidates came along, Liberal, the Labor incumbent, anti-pokies independent Dr Lorraine Bayer and the Greens candidate Nicky Haslinghouse.
The first three were all good, polite, spoke well and seemed measured decent people. All I’m sure would make good MP’s.Â Then there was poor little Nicky.
She seemed to think that the whole night was some Greens PR stunt and all she had to do was turn up and adoring crowds would fete her every utterance. Her performance stunned and amazed those assembled:
The 21 year old Melbourne University-attending,Â mud brick house dwelling ( itâ€™s true she made a point of mentioning it)Â lefttard, who professes to have the answer to society’s ills despite still living at home with affluent mummy and daddy and never having held a job, started off in typical pixie-dwelling condescending greens fashion, made repeated mentions of “the great Bob Brown” (its true, she actually referred to him as the â€˜great Bob Brownâ€™) whom she “loves” dished out a series of emptyÂ platitudinousÂ statements in response to a series of set questions that had been submitted in advance by the forum organisers.
Things then disintegrated when questions were taken from the audience. Unable to answer why it was that the three upper house greens have never once taken up repeated offers to sit on the parliamentary environment committee, Haslinghouse retorted that perhaps it had something to do with the other people on the committee. When it was pointed out to her that two of the committee members Joanne Duncan and Donna Petrovich were both present in the room, an awkward silence followed, accompanied by a strange pained expression on her face.
A clearly flustered Haslinghouse stumbled through the next question before announcing that she had to leave as she had been sitting in a hot car all day and that the room was too hot and if she didn’t leave right now she was going to collapse in a dramatic fainting performance. She was then escorted from the room by a faithful scruffy green manservant. The audience then had the pleasure of listening to her having a panic attack outside and having to be calmed down by her hemp clothed cohort.
I initially thought that maybe her blood sugar was low as perhaps she didn’t havea break from all the sitting at Bob Brownâ€™s feet in genuflection, interspersed with the odd bout of saving the planet, however one glance at the big eating lassies’ ample frame soon put paid to that idea.
NOT SO GOOD ON ACCOUNTABILITY
Haslinghouse who had previously pulled out at the last minute at an earlier community forum held in Sunbury without explanation despite giving repeated guarantees to the forum organisers that she was keen to attend appears not to be cut out for pesky concepts such as political accountability, preferring the good life of selectively answering tame questions fed to her on Facebook by a legion (well 200) of spotty undergraduates.
Her departure left many in the room unable to ask the hard questions of her such as:
Given that you attended the exclusive Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School which receives significant funding from government and have been happy to take the education that you received,Â how do you reconcile this with the Greens policy of cutting funding for such schools? Is it a case of hypocrisy or do you just don’t know what the Greens policies are?
The other burning question I had to ask her was:
Do you not find it somewhat ironic that you claim that the heat in the room was made you feel ill yet the room in question was designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable and thus has no air conditioning? Closely followed by: Given that you earlier lectured the crowd on the evils of air conditioning,Â Do you feel stupid or is the irony yet to sink in?