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ATTACK OF THE KILLER HYPHENS: Hanson-Young & Whish-Wilson stick the knife in Milne’s loose mouth


Greensparty Senators Hanson-Young and Whish-Wilson have seized on their party leader’s astounding gaffe of endorsing a forger, Jonathan Moylan, who faked an ANZ press release, causing a $300 million stock market crash in miner Whitehaven Coal.

Hanson-Young’s leadership ambitions are well-known, after a couple of failed attempts to win the deputy leadership of her party, initially losing to Milne and then to Marxist scholar, Dr Adam Bandt PhD (Marx).

Whish-Wilson is a lesser-known quantity, having trained at Duntroon, and worked as a merchant banker, he is seen as a “light Green” in contrast to the more fanatic NSW Greensparty Senator Lee Rhiannon, who enjoyed political training in the former Soviet Union and has a bulging ASIO file from a youth engaged in extreme left politics.

While Hanson-Young is barely tolerated by her colleagues, who point to her bar-hopping in Canberra as evidence she’s not a serious person, Whish-Wilson is in a different category altogether.

He enjoys the strong backing of Bob Brown, the Greensparty’s spiritual leader, and could rely on his public endorsement should he wish to succeed Milne.

His decision to speak with the Fin Review’s Sophie Morris was a bold one, and his first big media play since filling Brown’s vacancy last year, where he was careful not to directly criticise his Leader, who is also considered close to Brown.

But he has happy sticking the boot into former Soviet agent Rhiannon:

“I have campaigned against a company and a project for years but I would not have taken that protest action [a hoax press release] and neither would I publicly congratulate an activist for taking that action. I have a different view to Senator Rhiannon in that respect,” he told The Australian Financial Review.

Milne appears to enjoy Whish-Wilson’s loyalty although it’s clear he strongly privately disagreed with the Leader’s stupid foray into the forgery issue. He tied himself up in knots with Sophie Morris attempting to distinguish Rhiannon’s remarks from the Leader’s.

It’s worth noting what she said about the multi-million dollar forgery stunt, which she described as:

 ‘‘Part of a long and proud history of civil disobedience, potentially breaking the law, to highlight something wrong’’.

Whish-Wilson will probably be the next Greensparty Leader, coming from its dominant and (relatively) pragmatic Tasmanian wing. His foray into the Whitehaven scandal was his first big call and he did it well.



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  1. You did well to qualify the Tasmanian Greens as “relatively” pragmatic. Their opposition to prescribed burns and forest management have cost the Apple Isle dearly.

    Posted by Gregoryno6 | January 18, 2013, 10:00
  2. the only good hyphen is ex swan David Rhys- Jones. the great shame was that he went to the scum of carlton.

    Posted by bomber boy sam | January 18, 2013, 10:03
  3. Right you are Bomber. All hyphenated names will be abolished when I become Commissioner of Names.

    There will be of course one exception. That great Swan David Rhyce-Jones.

    All males will be called Chuck Norris and all females will be called Marge.

    Anyone called Teashijga will be called Dave

    Posted by H the B | January 18, 2013, 13:54
  4. There is no such thing as a moderate or light Green. They are all communist, vermin, faecal matter.

    Posted by Futureproof | January 18, 2013, 16:46
  5. this shows you the resilience of the moron; the Canberran green ; the complacency of the labor party to even consider a coalition with such second hand trollop…….
    the need for WA to secede from ex first fleet convict descendant genetic defects…….

    Posted by edmund | January 20, 2013, 0:29
  6. Labor voters have a right to be disappointed by the hijacking of minority Federal Labor by the Greens.

    Daniel Andrews has ruled out such a deal for Victorian Labor. On current polling he has the public support to win government in his own right. When will club fed match Daniel Andrews conviction? When will they admit it is just too dangerous for Australian jobs to ever form a coalition with the Greens again?

    Posted by Labor Voter | January 20, 2013, 7:09
  7. Lee Brown is wishing Whish-Wilson would disappear

    Posted by the insider | January 21, 2013, 9:23
  8. “bar-hopping in Canberra”


    is that bad because she is a girl? should she be at home ironing her fellas underwear? like the rest of the chicks?

    …as you now, every bloke in canberra, away from their family, bar hops like there is no tomorrow…

    Posted by wm | January 21, 2013, 11:57
  9. fake ANZ press release? lol…seems pathetically trivial

    Posted by wm | January 21, 2013, 11:59
  10. So when these hyphens marry, will it be Mrs Hanson-Young-Wish-Wilson?

    Bloody joke these lefty hyphen names.

    Posted by End the hyphen | January 21, 2013, 12:27
  11. When you mix light Greens, dark Greens and Reds don’t you get The Purples?

    Posted by H B Bear | January 22, 2013, 19:32
  12. The Greensparty needs a leader from South Australia or Queensland in order to become totally irrelevant more quickly.

    The Victorian and New South Wales branches are dominated by proto-Marxist or neo-Stalinist extremists despite many people of great decency and true community involvement being members in those states.

    I can’t remember if the Australian Democrats had Stott-Despoja – a leader with a hyphenated name from South Australia – or not. That’s how irrelevant they became just in time for the Greens to emerge as the replacement trendy alternative. Unfortunately, there is a significant difference between the two – the Democrats were disgruntled Liberals with a leftist social agenda and a middle of the road economic agenda but the Greensparty has a leftist agenda across all key issues. Until it is eliminated, it will continue to bleed the ALP of young leftist members and votes.

    Worse still, it will continue to confuse and mislead gullible disgruntled disengaged youth with bogus claims of being different to the old parties when they are indeed the exemplar or epitome of all the most evil machinations of an extremist dominated politburo.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | January 22, 2013, 23:11
  13. Frankly, according to virtually everyone I know/correspond with, the sooner we can have a federal election, the sooner we can rid ourselves of this useless and highly costly rabble that calls itself our Government.

    Posted by GeoffM | January 30, 2013, 10:35
  14. Since Medieval times the hyphenated name was conferred on the illegitamate offspring of the ruling class and some wretched wench,ie, a bastard. Perfectaly describes all of the above. Why is it so common in Tassie? The land of ABC.

    Posted by Old Cobber | February 2, 2013, 15:00