The Greens party just had a secret conference and axed the vast majority of its party platform to avoid scrutiny and criticism. One of their proposals, for a death tax, was removed quietly, prompting concern from leftist elements within the ultra-leftist party. They report former leader Bob Brown blaming VEXNEWS coverage as a reason they needed to dump the unpopular policy.
The Greens political party conducts its conferences in secret, without journalists or members of the public permitted to observe or report on its activities. It is the only party represented in an Australian parliament that is so secretive.
As a result, it’s often only via blogs and leaks that its private deliberations are reported at all. (Although The Australian reported on their public announcement here)
It’s a scandalous situation and one that we believe ought to be addressed by law-makers, so that parties in receipt of massive amounts of taxpayer monies ought be required to have the party policy conferences observed by the public that puts up the money. It’s the least they can do.
Anyway, it seems that the Greens political party busied themselves dumping several policies for which they had been previously criticised. Sadly, that didn’t include their policy to maintain the biggest possible incentive for desperate asylum seekers to endure a cruel trial by ordeal where they attempt to cross dangerous seas because Christine Milne offers them a visa on the other side. It’s breathtakingly bad, but they’ve kept that policy, despite hundreds of deaths by drowning at sea.
But, it’s not all bad news. It appears the coverage by VEXNEWS has been specifically referred to by former Greens party leader Bob Brown as the reason why they ought to ditch an “estate tax.”
So much so that according to a Greens party blog “Blunt Shovels” we were cited as a reason to ditch the nasty death tax plan:
The Greens special policy Conference, held on the weekend in Adelaide, made a couple of striking decisions. Judging by those who got in touch yesterday, this may be only the first policy reversal from the Greens – pushing the party further away from its progressive origins.
Beyond just the complete change in rhetoric from Dr Brown, several sources, who attended the Conference, relayed that Dr Brown had cited that redoubtable bastion of news, Andrew Landeryou, as a reason to move away from the policy on inheritance tax.
Some Federal MPs and State delegates described the need to change the policy in terms of minimising future attacks on the Greens economic policies, well before the next election. However, there are few public attacks on this part of the Greens policy platform from 2010.
There was, of course, from VEXNEWS. It was a sufficient worry for them to ditch it.
It’s not the first time the cynical Greens political party have ditched their lefty policies in the face of criticism, Victorian Labor’s accountability campaign in the Albert Park by-election prompted the Greens to ditch their outrageous policy to shut selective government schools like Melbourne High.
We just we’d been more successful in encouraging Greens politicians to stop drawing asylum-seekers to their death with permanent residency as an incentive to risk drowning. We just wish we’d been able to discourage them from voting with the Liberals to maintain a system that’s costing lives, hundreds of them.
We’ll take the death tax win. And thank Bob Brown for the love. But only when the Greens party go the way of the extremist parties that litter Australian history, like One Nation, the Communist party etc., will victory be achieved.
UPDATE: There’s a rising tide of bitterness and division in the Greens political party about what some members describe as “veering to the right.” An interesting take on it is here.
UPDATE: It all sits rather strangely with the odious South Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young’s declaration this week:
“Sam Dastyari did say in his interview … that there’s a difference between the Greens’ values and the Labor values and that’s right: the Greens have values and the Labor party doesn’t,” she said.
It seems what the Greens value – just like the cynical politicians they are – is getting elected. Everything else is negotiable.
Indeed, it could be profitable.
Greens leader Bob Brown reputedly told the Greens party’s secret conference that Green business – which operates mostly with substantial taxpayer subsidy or regulation assisting them – “affords new funding opportunities” for the party of his creation.