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GREENILEAKS: Dissidents spill the beans on Greens party sleaze

insidethegreensmachine In a massive body blow to the Greens political party, there has been a massive leak of secret internal documents and emails exchanged among the highest-ranking Greens party officials in Victoria and Australia.

It gives outsiders an unprecedented insight into the inner-workings of the secretive extreme left-wing party.

Fairfax and the Sunday Herald Sun have now all run articles on the saga, including an Age front-page horror story for the party normally lovingly embraced by that newspaper.

While insisting to The Age on Saturday that they were “relaxed” over the leaks, VEXNEWS understands they are in a state of “paralysis” over the issue, unsure about who is leaking and what they are trying to achieve. Experienced political observers believe this kind of dysfunction is typical of extreme-left parties as they internally compete to be the ruler over their own small domain.

The famed VEXNEWS Investigations Unit has also obtained stunning secret internal Greens party documents that reveal a breathtakingly cynical, manipulative, sleazy, hopelessly divided, top-down, sneaky and Stalinist political operation:

■ They reveal that Bob Brown’s own office is involved in rorting his printing allowance and media manipulation and spin of the most cynical and deceptive kind;

■ They reveal an amoral party, willing to enter into preferences discussions with far-right extremist parties they even refer to as “nasties”, as revealed by the Sunday Herald Sun;

■ They point to a dangerous instability over tactics and policy within the Greens which aims to establish itself as a “balance-of-power” between the two major parties, Labor and Liberal;

■ They show the Greens party’s desperation to silence and stymie its critics, using standover tactics to silence “smaller groups” with lawyers and intimidation;

greensfurysplitThe release of the documents to VEXNEWS– frequently marked ‘confidential’ and ‘not for distribution’– shows that simmering tensions within the party have exploded just as their poll numbers had appeared to peak, with Greens party Senate candidates Dr Richard Di Natale and former communist Lee Rhiannon confident of winning. Former Marxist Adam Bandt is confident also of winning the lower house seat of Melbourne although has suffered from a surprisingly lacklustre campaign on the ground.

The single biggest image problem faced by the Greens party, their double-dealing and sneakiness over preferences has been brought to the fore in sensational reports which extensively quote the Greens party candidate in McEwen, Steve Meacher, expressing anger about the nature of his party’s sneaky preference schemes.

The Age’s report on the carnage within the Greens party over preference deals designed to get them elected to the Senate with Labor’s help:

stevemeacher The Greens candidate for the marginal outer Melbourne electorate of McEwen, Steve Meacher, was livid after being told by a party campaign co-ordinator that his seat was one of 54 included in the deal.

mcewen ”I am bloody angry!” he wrote on July 20. ”It seems the Greens are becoming more like the other bastards – I wonder why I bother!

”When I am asked, as I will be, I will not lie to defend this deal, which will cost primary votes in McEwen.”

The candidate for Bendigo, Kymberlie Dimozantos, responded the next day, urging Mr Meacher not to withdraw his candidacy, telling him: ”We need people like us so that the Greens don’t turn into ‘just another party’, which I am sad to say is happening.”

Mr Meacher said the preferences deal had ”made a liar” of national campaign co-ordinator Ebony Bennett, who had said in an email: ”In the Greens, our local branches make preference decisions. At this election, some Greens local branches have chosen to preference Labor ahead of the Coalition in a number of lower house seats.”

Mr Meacher said: ”I made my position on preferences perfectly clear on several occasions and I have been over-ruled without consultation or even the courtesy of a phone call.”

Ms Dimozantos wrote: ”I think it is pretty rough that the media knew a deal had been made here in Bendigo before me. ”


printingrorts Several of the emails make it clear that senior Victorian Greens party figures including Hugh Rundle – a self-described Greens party ‘hack’ and Victorian party media adviser Tom Maclachlan conspired to distribute printing done for Senator Bob Brown – a Tasmanian Senator – in other states, including Victoria. VEXNEWS understands this is a breach of federal parliamentary entitlements which allow the member to use taxpayer resources only to inform voters within their electorate and certainly not in other states. The Greens have issued a non-denial denial about whether they distributed the taxpayer financed preferences brochure in Victoria, although it is common knowledge among Greens party dissidents that Brown’s office has been servicing Victoria in this way for some time.

When Liberal backbencher Andrew Laming was accused of wrongdoing with his printing allowance, there was an Australian Federal Police investigation, no less than that is appropriate in this case.

The documents show that Bob Brown’s own staff are involved in an astounding level of obfuscation and spin over their secret dealings. Erin Farley, who works directly for Brown explains how much damage this does them with naive supporters who have bought into the Greens as idealists myth now totally punctured by these Greenileaks documents:

cynicalgreens Senator Brown’s media adviser, Erin Farley, wrote in an email on July 19: ”Our research shows that preferences are an extremely damaging issue for us to talk about. Talking about preferences makes voters think a vote for the Greens is not meaningful, that it is being stolen from them and put somewhere they didn’t decide, and that politics is about backroom deals they are not part of.

Nothing like the home truths brought out in a focus group. A VEXNEWS focus group revealed our articles are too long, occasionally contain typographical errors, are about obscure matters not of relevance to the working lives of ordinary people and fail to disclose the identity of author in a way that is annoying. The Greens party market research (they’ve not previously admitted they conduct it) has told them that rather than seeking improvement from them in the way VEXNEWS readers do, but rather they oppose the central, manipulative operating ethos of the party itself on the issue of how-to-vote cards. They even position themselves as being opposed to the distribution of HTVs while cynically negotiating preference deals with Labor and the Liberals to gain benefits from those same cards. Farley is right to be concerned about the consequences of being exposed for such humbug.

“Our research shows that preferences are an extremely damaging issue for us to talk about. Talking about preferences makes voters think a vote for the Greens is not meaningful, that it is being stolen from them and put somewhere they didn’t decide, and that politics is about backroom deals they are not part of.” Greens party leader Bob Brown’s staffer Erin Farley being candid with the comrades…

Despite Bob Brown’s staff admitting they conduct “research” into what voters want, many Greens party candidates frequently denounce a poll-driven populist approach to politics.

Around the same time as Farley’s memo, Greens Victorian Senate candidate Richard Di Natale wrote:

Dam poll driven politics. Narrow one dimensional snapshots of a single point in time are meaningless

Melbourne candidate Adam Bandt, who we are told was this year directly involved in focus groups of Melbourne voters opined:

Seriously we are spending less on trains than we are on border protection shows just how poll driven govts are

The party leader Bob Brown, who VEXNEWS has learned takes an avid interest in focus group research conducted by the Greens party and their advertising agency Cyclone (who also represent the strongly anti-Greens party Master Builders Association and a number of shopping centre developers and operators). In an interview with Laurie Oakes on July 11th, Brown deceitfully condemned his opponents for being poll-driven when his own staff are briefing his candidates on sensitive issues arising from their own pollling:

I mean this is a poll lead Labor  party. We have polls leading everything.

They are truly lying liars who lie.

Melbourne western suburbs Greenie Janet Rice – who was defeated by the Greg Barber/Richard Di Natale forces for the lead Senate position – is running #2 on their Senate ticket.

In an email sent to the shadowy Greens party preference boss Ken McAlpine and copied throughout the Greens party hierarchy on July 30th, Rice expressed her approval for the party’s complex preference deals but noted:

“My only niggling concern is about preferencing socialist alliance as law as we do – I think they will be pretty grumpy with us which may need some managing… on face value I would have put them ahead of the secular party and mayne on  the basis that they’ve been around and have been solid allies for a while but presumably you have reasons for preferencing them where they are…”

Indeed, the Greens party had many cynical reasons and appear to have made these decisions on the basis of what they could personally gain from them rather than any principled-based decision-making.


Indeed, the Greens party’s leaders express a contempt for their fellow minor parties.

preferenceshame The Greens party preference negotiators in Victoria, Stephen Luntz and Ken McAlpine describe the Carers’ Alliance candidate Chris Monteagle as “naive and perhaps unreliable” and refer to the way they have manipulated Socialist Alliance, an anarchist called Toscano and the Secular party into preferencing them in return for little.

They also explain the Greens party’s cynical reasons for giving preferences to the Sex party.


The Greens are also working hard to manipulate the media, according to their internal working documents.

Emails written by Szilvia Csanyi, the Greens party’s campaign and communication adviser, show the extent of their manipulation and Stalinist centralism.

One headed ‘weekly campaign bulettin(sic)’ sets out “the lines” Greens party ‘candidates, consultants and convenors’ are given to repeat on the Victoria Bushfire Royal Commission.

It directs anyone seeking clarification to ring Greg Barber and urges the comrades to refrain from expressing their true thoughts on issues related to bushfire risk:

“We have to be as disciplined as we can be on this issue.”

kenmcalpine Ken McAlpine, another ex-Marxist turned Greens party commandant sets out an email titled “do not circulate – election messages” as detailed in The Age:

On July 26, party activist Ken McAlpine suggested a strategy the Greens might be able to ”get away with” for the rest of the campaign.

”I think that if the current zeitgeist remains, as the election gets closer … we can even get away with the following lines, which in most circumstances I would consider to be too corny: ‘People are telling me this is the shallowest campaign even. But I say, don’t give in to spin, cynicism and despair.

”There is an alternative. The Greens offer hope – hope for a better tomorrow’.”

And if you’ve ever wondered why it is that ABC Radio talkback is dominated by those friendly to the Greens party, part of the explanation comes from an email distributed many dozens of Greens party members on Tuesday July 20th by Tom Maclachlan. He was concerned to ensure that his party leader Bob Brown was met with supportive texts and phone calls from “dedicated volunteers” pretending to be ordinary listeners.


jonfainemanipulation The Greens party spinner Maclachlan directs members to call and text the Jon Faine show to “distribute the following messages” to help spin their way out of their preference deal sleaze embarrassment and advance their cause in other ways. It describes the show as an important vehicle for their propaganda as Faine often sets the news agenda of the day in Melbourne. We doubt he’ll be pleased to discover that he’s been serving as their dupe for a long period of time.

Stalin would be proud at the bald cynicism of these people.

The Greenileaks documents also show that de facto Victorian party leader Greg Barber cracks the whip quite frequently against more junior party figures.

janetreprimand In one amusing email exchange in late July, Barber and his brother-in-law Richard Di Natale and colleague Sue Pennicuik reprimand #2 Senate candidate Janet Rice for responding to survey questions about suicide prevention on her own initiative rather than have the answers filled out for her party by Barber or one of his elected colleagues.

It is just one of many manifestations of the exercise of power by the MPs over the unelected, like Janet Rice, who is believed to regularly complain of being locked out of the “major decisions” by the powerful figures of Barber and his brother-in-law Dr Di Natale.

For the edification of comrades, one of Bob Brown’s staff sent a copy of the full-text of a VEXNEWS article for the consideration of the ominously named “Attack Response Group”. As The Age sets out, this group run out of the office of party Leader Bob Brown exists to suppress or silence politicial criticism of the Greens party:

in an email written after a meeting of the attack response group on July 23, Emma Bull from Senator Brown’s office requested each state branch check local contacts ”for lawyers who may be willing to give pro bono advice if injunctions are required at any point” and for ”contact details for solicitors who are willing to write ‘cease and desist’ letters to frighten off people (will work only with smaller groups, not with the other major parties)”.

Bull by name and nature it seems.

attackegroup Members of this secretive and sinister Greens Party Attack Response Group include Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, NSW local councillor Lesa de Leau, ACT Greens hack Simon Copland, Victorian Greens media manipulation operative and ex Balmain basket-weaver Tom Maclachan, the imported Szilvia Csanyi and Chris Redman who works for little-known WA Greens senator Siewert.



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  1. Is Fiona “the barista” McAlpine on the “this time im voting greens” posters related to Ken?

    Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010, 11:33


    Posted by believer | August 16, 2010, 12:00
  3. I waited all weekend for this?
    Or on Friday were you refering to the lesbian thing?

    Posted by sg | August 16, 2010, 12:11
  4. I thought my daddy Malcolm Turnbull was leader of the Greens

    Posted by Daisy T | August 16, 2010, 12:12
  5. Interesting to note that on the same day that it was reported in the Sunday Age that Richard di Natale didn’t support his own party’s education policy that he was undertaking on twitter to rewrite their homebirthing policy.

    [An undertaking dependant on him being elected apparently.]

    This undertaking was apparently made on the basis of one [1!] tweet to him from a homebirthing advocate.

    I can’t say that I’ve read the Greens internal constitution [when you’re a breathairian it can be difficult to summon the energy to lift such weighty tomes] but I would be interested to know what their policy development process is – and if it’s in any way binding on their candidates.

    Perhaps if I weeted Bob Brown twice Icould get breathairianism made compulsory for all Greens federal senators?

    Posted by Bernard Breathairian | August 16, 2010, 12:57
  6. Great work Andy. I’m glad the Greens can trust their own to keep confidential stuff confidential – and therefore why they can be trusted! Not ….

    Posted by Rampant | August 16, 2010, 14:38
  7. I am a candidate for the secular party and I think you are wrong to say that the email from the greens about preferences shows we were manipulated. The Secular Party took a position at our AGM to preference parties in the order in which their policies are consistent with our. This meant we had the Greens ahead of Labor and the Liberals and most minor parties and after the majors. The greens email, so far as we are concerned, only says we are going to preference them ahead of the majors regardless of any other deal making and that, as a consequence, it would be rude of them to put us low on the preference order. By the way, if you want a preferecne scandel, ask the WA Liberal Party why they preferenced the nutty and extreme Christian Democrats ahead of their coalition partners the Nationals in the Senate in WA.

    Posted by Guy Curtis | August 16, 2010, 18:38
  8. My daddy does not have a girlfriend and mummy doesn’t have a boyfriend. I don’t care what the photo’s show…my mummy and daddy love each other.

    Posted by Daisy T | August 16, 2010, 19:15
  9. What’s so cynical about the Greens preferencing a party that wants less censorship, legal voluntary euthanasia, legal abortion, more women in parliament, gay marriage and adoption and a national sex education curriculum? Surely it would have been cynical for them not to. Or was it cynical because the party’s name had the word ‘sex’ in it. Get over it. Is the Liberal Party liberal? Is Labor a working class party? Is Family First working for your family? The Sex Party is unashamedly using every trick in the book to break into politics. Its that hard. The three big parties have made it all but impossible for new parties like the Sex Party and the Secular Party to get traction with media and the political process.

    Posted by robbie swan | August 16, 2010, 19:59
  10. This is a joke! This is the best you could find? The fact that they calculate their preferences and try and get positive messages in the media. Every party does exactly this. The Party Attack Response Group is clearly just to prevent the inevitable misinformation that will be robocalled to voters by the major parties in their blind panic!

    Posted by Tim Knight | August 16, 2010, 23:14
  11. The `scandals’ and `sleaze’ revealed in this article was all so inconsequential, and obvious, I kept waiting for some jokes to confirm it was all just a parody of an actual `shocking expose’ article. I mean, really? You mean a political party is engaged in politics? Oh no!

    Posted by Earlofthercs | August 17, 2010, 8:39
  12. ***You mean a political party is engaged in politics?***

    No. Pay attention thickhead, and you might understand : the Greenies present themselves as holier than thou, as too precious to commission polling, and are critical of parties that poll. While at the same time being fixated on polling for their party. Got it, now?

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | August 17, 2010, 13:41
  13. ***what’s so cynical about the Greens preferencing a party that wants less censorship….***

    …. free syringes for prisoners in jail, heroin available over the counter at the local chemist, locking up 30% of the Australian coastline to fishing and boating… is there anything too un-Australian for these repulsive creeps?

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | August 17, 2010, 13:56
  14. If that’s the worst dirt you could come up with then you barely deserve the title of muck rakers, although points for trying. Why wouldn’t they have an attack response group? It’s predicitable at every election that someone’s going to have a go, usually on so-called “moral” grounds so why not be ready to respond. They’d be stupid not to. And I don’t think any of the minor parties you refer to agree that they have been manipulated.

    Posted by Linda | August 17, 2010, 15:14
  15. Who cares what they up to, I wouldn’t vote for that mob if my life depended on it

    Posted by Alois Ambs | August 17, 2010, 15:52
  16. It’s great to finally see the truth about the Greens coming out, they have hidden what there really like from ordinary people very well in the past, but you can’t hid the truth forever, I just hope that enough people realize this in time.
    The Greens = disaster for Australia, and people need to wake up to that fact fast.

    Posted by Robert Walsh | August 17, 2010, 18:51
  17. The Greens have been bullying the minor parties with standover tactics this election. Richard Di Natale has personally threatened retribution via his upcoming senate position to minor parties that do not support them – that’s how desperate he is to get into Canberra. Not even the major parties stoop THAT LOW!!

    Posted by Craig Hutchins | August 18, 2010, 8:47
  18. Posted by Leaks from the Greens (read Reds.) | August 18, 2010, 11:46
  19. Not surprised. Some years ago spent days in VCAT on environmental issues. Sent many emails to Dr BB for help but no replies.
    How mant GREENS go into country areas to help struggling farmers?

    Posted by candid | August 18, 2010, 11:54
  20. Greens can’t get votes in the bush cause country folk don’t believe their crap

    Posted by Madam Lash | August 18, 2010, 12:15
  21. R.I.P. demoocratic and truthful politics.

    Posted by Allan in tasmania | August 18, 2010, 12:39
  22. These Greens have always been a collective of frustrated left wing Laborites who werent considered important enough to be endorsed and who have just wanted to get power and revenge. I cant believe anyone would be stupid enough to vote for them

    Posted by andy bult | August 18, 2010, 17:44
  23. Mmmmm I wonder about the timing of all the rubbish. Personally I don’t trust any Polly. The money spend rubishing just days before elections instead of talking in depth about intelligent issues that matter without dumping on others just amazes me.
    This convict crap sure takes a long time to shake off

    Posted by Joy | August 18, 2010, 19:21
  24. As others have noted, this expose is a mere storm in a teacup. But why do you persist in incorrectly characterising the Greens as a far left party? On top of this hyperbole being the stuff of redneck shockjocks (no doubt you’d love a gig on Men Talking Rubbish MTR or even 3AW) it is simply lazy, shabby, shallow name-calling that reflects an inabiility to actually scrutinise policies and political performance. Here in Melbourne you could start by checking out their record at the City of Yarra. Leftwing idealogues or political opportunists? I’m sure you’ll spin it in whatever way brings you the raciest headlines. Cos, let’s face it, that’s what this Blog is all about.

    Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010, 21:57
  25. “As others have noted, this expose is a mere storm in a teacup.”

    Much like the Greens really. Can’t wait until this disunified rabble get their first real test of public scrutiny and watch them collapse quicker than Meg Lees.

    Posted by Craig Hutchins | August 19, 2010, 8:20
  26. This article was a complete waste of my time!

    Posted by Tara | August 19, 2010, 9:38
  27. […] mainstream newspapers such as Melbourne’s The Age, which the website describes as openly and ‘lovingly embracing’ the Greens, Vexnews is passionately non-partisan, guided by three steadfast principles: ‘Speaking […]

    Posted by Vexnews: ‘what journalism should be’ « Electioneering | August 19, 2010, 10:06
  28. Oh dear. I’m afraid the language used in the blog is a dead giveaway. What a waste of time and effort is gutter journalism. Thankfully, 13 – 15% of us have a more liberal outlook and, with a modicum of luck, combined with desire within the electorate, the Greens will hold the balance of power in both houses within a matter of days. Jock

    Posted by Jock | August 20, 2010, 0:15
  29. I’ll be putting the greens last and Labour second last on both senate and house of reps ballot papers. I am married with kids and find it abhorant that if Gillard gets elected teh fag lobby in the Greens will make Gillard agree to gay marriage so she can gain their support. Gillard is sexually twisted and has no morals just like Bill super stud Shorten,the GG new son in law, Tim Mathieson, Dr Emerson an old lover of Gillard and Nicola Roxen an old lover of Shorten. I dont know who is up who but we the taxpayers are paying for all the lust.

    Posted by terry | August 20, 2010, 0:53
  30. The truth will out.

    *cough* John Howard probably thought the same thing.
    Good article, but a little late in the game for it.

    Posted by Admonkeystrator | August 20, 2010, 10:31
  31. So… Is this a real article or not? I thought it was parody, but now I’m not sure. It’s seriously a “massive body blow” to reveal that the Greens do preference deals and commission focus groups? Really?

    And you do know the difference between a poll and a focus group, don’t you?

    Also, there is a difference between monitoring polls for the purposes of information gathering and analysis, and being poll-obsessed populists who can’t make a decision about anything without consulting a poll. Do you think the Greens would have even half the policies they do if they were half as obsessed with polling as you seem to think they are?

    Even some of the other minor parties mentioned in this “article” (Secular Party, ASP) think this is all a non-issue, as shown by their comments. Think you should find something more useful to do with your time.

    Posted by cj | August 20, 2010, 10:54
  32. What a wonderful array of comments from Green supports. Clearly the Attack Response group are working overtime. I wonder how many of you ‘enlightened’ folk would actually like to live under your own parties rules. The fact that you are using computers powered by electricity shows what hypocrites you are.

    Posted by John | August 20, 2010, 10:55
  33. The fact that you are using computers powered by electricity shows what hypocrites you are
    But John, they’re not! Green computers are powered by wound-up rubber bands. Sourced only from organic rubber farms, of course.
    Takes fifteen hours of winding to produce the energy for a ten-word post at VEX, but hey, nobody ever said Gaia-worship would be easy.

    Posted by Gregoryno6 | August 20, 2010, 12:24
  34. Well!!!
    This explains why I and many of my Facebook friends were attacked by a particularly nasty trojan virus this week. Apparently, we are on a Green’s Party email Contact List because we were critical of Labor.
    Well, well, well.

    Posted by Anna Dominguez Smith | August 20, 2010, 12:47
  35. If you really want to understand the Greens, you should check out this blog which provides much informed analysis from an ‘insider’ ie., someone who negotiates with the Greens on a weekly basis:

    Posted by matilda | August 20, 2010, 15:36
  36. Whats the big deal the Green supporters ask??

    Ummm- how ’bout as recently as Sunday Bob Brown was sycophantically sucking up to LATHAM (the things they do for airtime) bemoaning how the major parties focus on spin and PR tricks while the Greens steadfastly practise principled politics – always playing the ball and not the man.

    This article exposes them for the hypocrites they really are. The Greens: desperately trying to be all things to all people in 2010.

    Posted by Greens Warrior | August 20, 2010, 16:09
  37. In reading the above shenanigans, sounds to me that this is the handiwork of someone like Eric Abetz, or even that Labor Party ‘Torquemada’ by the name of Dowling, 2 of the best examples of ‘bottom of the barrel sleaze-spreaders?’
    The facts are that the Lib or Lab party’s has a hireling very paid to perform or even to execute the Greens in the manner of this above dramatized pigswill?

    Posted by William Boeder | August 21, 2010, 9:39
  38. In reading the above shenanigans, sounds to me that this is the handiwork of someone like Eric Abetz, or even that Labor Party ‘Torquemada’ by the name of Dowling, 2 of the best examples of ‘bottom of the barrel sleaze-spreaders?’
    The facts are that the Lib or Lab party’s has a hireling very highly paid to perform or even to execute the Greens in the manner of this above dramatized pigswill?

    Posted by William Boeder | August 21, 2010, 9:41
  39. This nonsense shows nothing more than that it is tiem for all parties in Australia to stop playing politics and start standing up for the people they represent. The leaked emails from Bob Brown’s office only confirm what he has said repeatedly in public – that voters hsould make up there own mind own preferences. Fortunatley this election appears to have handed the balance of power in our parliament to one Green and a number of highly indepnedent minded independents. This can only be good for probity and politcal debate in Australia for the first time in nearly a decade good governance and good policy will move to the cnetre of politics. The machine men of the Labour party have been hung out to dry by the electorate and the machine men of the Liberal Party have been sent a powerful message. Stop playing with our democracy and start engaging in real debate out where our country and our planet is headed.

    Posted by Simon Eastman | August 22, 2010, 1:49
  40. This article is absolute crap. Who writes this shit? The entire site is full of it. I’ve read a few of the blogs on here and can’t believe the number of losers, stalkers and weirdos who come out of nowhere to have their 5 minutes of fame. The only sane and sensible people on here are from the Greens and the Sex Party as far as I can tell.

    Posted by tom | August 29, 2010, 22:39


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