The Greensparty is really doing it tough without former leader Bob Brown, whose surprise retirement this year prompted a collapse in popular support for the ostensibly environmental but actually far-left party he co-founded.
CATCH ME I’M FALLING
From an early 2010 peak of 16% primary, as they basked in the warm inner glow of supreme leader Bob Brown’s retirement, their support in Newspoll has halved to its lowest point in four years under the less appealing leadership of Christine Milne, a long-term Brown side-kick.
The plunge of support is causing quiet panic in the Greensparty, bringing with it a shock loss in the Melbourne state by-election in circumstances that made it perfect for Labor to lose and 15% swings against the NSW Greens at the last state election.
They initially tried blaming asylum seekers.
Now Milne is talking up their repudiation of long-maintained extremist specific policy commitments on death taxes, tax increases, attacking private schools and health insurance and so on, replacing them with less specific plans designed to make them slightly less unpopular.
It’s essentially an effort to conceal and mask the policy enthusiasms of their extremist membership that, in New South Wales, is heavily dominated by former communists and other leftist extremists.
The watering-down or selling-out of their extremist policies has been pushed by the Leader’s office under Brown and Milne for years but is only now being advertised after success earlier in the year in forcing reluctant Greensparty militant operatives at their party conferences – that are held in secret – to ditch policies that have caused embarrassment and derision for many years.
WHAT ABOUT ME?
Believed to be critical of the move is Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, a leadership aspirant who tells all and sundry in Canberra’s Kennedy Room whine bar that she’s far more appealing than the current Greensparty leader and that she might make a move on her depending on the results of the next federal election.
The Greensparty is expected to gain a new Senator in Victoria, at the expense of Labor, although many expect they’ll lose the federal seat of Melbourne, as locals react against an MP who has ignored local needs and community groups because he’s been too busy hob-nobbing in Canberra.
Hanson-Young, a former Goth turned Christian turned Business-Class-Flying Cougar-Queen of Canberra Night Life, declared earlier this year:
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.
It’s pretty easy to see the only thing the Greensparty values: popularity, power and perks.
Their nasty little juggernaut is sput-sput-sputtering in full public view: the crash promises to be highly amusing to watch.
UPDATE: Eric Abetz hasn’t missed them in his release:
SENATOR THE HON. ERIC ABETZ
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Shadow Minister for Employment & Workplace Relations
Liberal Senator for Tasmania
27th December 2012
Greens Platform Repaint won’t hide Red Undercoat
“The attempt by the Greens to hide their policies in general ‘principles’ is deceptive and will fail,” the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Eric Abetz, said today.
“The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age report today that the Greens have changed their platform to talk about ‘aims’ and ‘principles’ rather than explicit policy measures.”
“This is because the scrutiny of the Greens’ as a result of their Alliance with Labor – mainly in the Federal Parliament, but also in Tasmania and the ACT – has led to a series of electoral setbacks at state, territory and local government level.”
“The public has come to see that the Greens aren’t a group of benign environmentalists, but a hard left party intent on Marxist social engineering.”
Senator Abetz said that despite the Greens attempt at airbrushing policies like freezing funding for private schools, abolishing the private health insurance rebate and imposing death duties, the same extreme impulses would always dictate Greens’ policies.
“These Greens policies derive from Leftist ideological positions, with adverse consequences for jobs and society.”
“This year the public has seen the result of the Greens’ Carbon Tax policy which has cost jobs and driven up electricity prices,” Senator Abetz said..
“The public has also seen the disastrous results the Greens ‘open door’ attitude to border protection, which has seen Labor lose control of our borders to people smugglers.”
Senator Abetz said that cloaking their policies in generalities would not stop the Greens from being perceived as ‘loopy’ or ‘extremist’.
In the past year the public has also seen:
■ Many Greens, including Senator Lee Rhiannon, still support the vile Boycotts Diverstment Sactions campaign against Israel
■ In her earlier life as a leading Communist, Senator Rhiannon – who after two years has still not posted her promised detailed response to her ASIO file – had a meeting set up for her with the KGB’s station chief in Australia
■ Prior to entering the Senate, as a NSW Parliamentarian, Senator Rhiannon met and played ‘footsie’ with 911/truthers’ who deny that terrorists were responsible for the attack on the twin trade towers
■ Some Greens take the Party’s policy of ‘marriage for all’ to mean exactly that and advocate polyamorous marriage
■ A recent policy planning day where NSW Greens were instructed to imagine they were talking to aliens to outline their policies
“The Greens will always be ‘watermelons’ – Green on the outside and red inside – no matter how they cloak their policies.”
“The Greens need to actually repudiate their extremist policies before people will believe they’ve changed. Deciding simply not to talk about them simply will not wash,” Senator Abetz said.