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LOSING THEIR SOUL: Since Bob Brown’s departure, the nasty underbelly of the Greensparty is on display

greenspartylogoRecently filed litigation from one-time Greensparty high-flyer Rose Iser reveals a deep and abiding nastiness operating in that party that puts the majors to shame.

When Iser, fresh from preselection disappointments, departing her job at Adam Bandt’s taxpayer-funded electorate office and a personal battle with depression, put up her hand to volunteer for the Greensparty election push, she was told by the boss cocky of their campaign that didn’t want her until she could prove her past mental health issues wouldn’t get in the way.

HEARTLESS & DODGY
Most parties embrace volunteers, and woo them with endless lattes or ales and promises of parliamentary glory to come, so the Greensparty’s Kymberlie Dimozantos’s rough treatment of Iser – even citing her “health issues” while putting her down – does seem unusually harsh.

Not to be outdone, supposed unionist and ex Sarah Hanson-Young groupie Jake Wishart, himself boned from Adam Bandt’s taxpayer-funded office after a corruption scandal where he was found to be organising riots and violent protests when he was being paid to answer the phones and oil the franking machine in the electorate office, has potentially incurred the wrath of the courts by disparaging Rose Iser’s case before it is heard:

wisharttweet
To falsely claim discrimination in order to advance ones self is a slap in the face to ppl who have to actually deal with discrimination

jakewishartWishart – a notoriously self-important tosser and twitter loud-mouth rumoured to have acted inappropriately in the MEAA offices late at night in behaviour so scandalous it’s not appropriate to provide dirty details on this family values website – may be hauled before the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to explain his attack on the judicial process and Ms Iser’s claim.

UPDATE: Within about a nano-second of publication here on VEXNEWS, without explanation or apology, Wishart quickly removed his nasty tweet, leaving his former office colleague Rose Iser responding “I’m sorry that you see it that way. That’s not how it is” before re-tweeting his nasty comment and adding “Sigh. From an ex-colleague.”

SNAKEY JAKEY SHOULD FOCUS ON HIS DAY JOB
With journalists losing their jobs at a rapid rate, you’d think current journalist union employee Wishart might have better things to do than attack and bully a woman in distress, whose litigation appears to be not just a quest for justice but also a cry for help.

Iser has invested years of effort and struggle in representing the misguided and occasionally erratic and extreme Greensparty that once focused on environmental issues and is now fully distracted by supporting every conceivable big-spending programme and pretending to be the voice of compassion. Theirs is a forked-tongue.

Compassion – for the Greensparty – is clearly just a slogan. Bait by which they trap the gullible and naive. They do not practise as they preach.

They have become all they denounce, cynical, dominated by faceless men (like Damien Lawson and Jake Wishart), exhibiting right-wing values that would have made Monty Burns blush, ruthlessly exploitative, secretive, holding policy conferences and even party leadership challenges in secret.

THE EMAILS PROVE GREEN SHAME
The usually friendly Greensparty organ The Age reported that Iser’s complaint is not just her fevered imagination either. It’s a well-documented case, with a paper-trail:

But in a series of emails lodged to support the complaint, Ms Dimozantos wrote on April 24 that she was “wary” of awarding Ms Iser a full-time role because of her past health concerns.

Ms Dimozantos wrote that she had checked with Mr Bandt’s chief of staff Sam La Rocca “as a courtesy” and that he shared no information about her health, but she decided to offer Ms Iser “project work” rather than a full-time job.
“I want you to help on the campaign and feel valued (you have a whole list of amazing skills we can use!) but I am also wary about allocating an ongoing role until I feel confident that your health won’t suffer from the demands,” she wrote.

Ms Dimozantos said a process also needed to be followed to add Ms Iser to the campaign team.

“If you are open to working on some project based tasks on the understanding that it will turn into an ongoing role once I feel satisfied that your health will not be affected and also to make sure we work well together, then I would be keen to meet with you,” she wrote.

kymerblieShe wouldn’t even meet Iser who very rightly said “the episode was distressing and frustrating because depression was treatable and temporary.”

The Opposition’s shadow finance minister Andrew Robb, one of their most canny operators who fought and beat depression, is living proof of that, his recovery shows that being cruel to people on the basis of their past health issues is not acceptable behaviour.

You’d think that the Greensparty would be able to get over its prejudice against those who’ve faced mental health challenges with at least some of the grace and acceptance shown by the Liberal party for one of their most senior figures.

Sadly the Greensparty’s brutal treatment of their own now appears to be a distinct pattern, following reports of shameful Bangladesh-style exploitation of unpaid “interns” lumbered with much of the work in Greensparty MP Adam Bandt’s taxpayer-funded electorate office and stories emerging from the Greensparty federal Leader’s office of abuse and brutality.

Discussion

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  1. You need a soul before you can lose it. The Greens were always nasty and vicious, they’ve only had a clean pass from the media. Remember the meltdown when Chris Uhlmann had the gaul to actually ask ST Brown about the results if his polocies were implimented?

    Posted by Scott | June 5, 2013, 12:26
  2. Hee hee ha ha! Aren’t the ALP looking like winners in September. Primary of 25% if they are lucky I predict!!

    Posted by anon | June 5, 2013, 13:23
  3. On behalf of the wider left, I would strongly urge that Jake Wishart to take up a job with Gina Reinhart. He’s clearly got what it takes and having read that tweet, I wouldn’t want to risk breathing the same air as him.

    Posted by Fuck off Jake. | June 5, 2013, 14:35
  4. The Greens are against corporate donations too except for the $1.7 million bribe given to them by Graeme Wood.

    Posted by David Marred | June 5, 2013, 15:02
  5. Is Jake the son of John Wishart fringe CFMEU official in SA from yesterday,and that lefty author/academic Professor Barbara Pocock? Does anybody know?

    Posted by Reggie | June 5, 2013, 15:03
  6. Internal polling shows Green can win Batman

    Posted by Alex is great | June 5, 2013, 15:17
  7. There is no obligation to hire someone for unpaid voluntary work – it is entirely discretionary. You can hardly sue someone for lost earnings when the amount of earnings at stake is zero. Rose Iser is irritatingly self-righteous (even by Greens standards) and has had a sense of humour bypass. It may seem harsh, but it is perfectly rational to put in place measures to manage and mitigate the risk that a recurrence of a team member’s health problems will threaten the performance of the team as a whole, rather than go into a state of denial and sweep that risk under the carpet.

    Posted by Perspective | June 5, 2013, 15:24
  8. So perspective, it’s okay now to discriminate against anyone who has had a mental illness for all roles in society, as long as you are completely medically unqualified to make that assessment, you are operating on the basis of information inappropriately given out to you and there is no money involved? Nobody said anything about Rose suing for cash either. It’s also okay to publicly make negative judgements about the woman’s character too.

    Actually I think my son’s football coach is a bit of a prick. I’ll see if he has depression and anxiety and try and demote him to water-carrier. Given the pounding the Greens have given Beyond Blue at times, this is a joke.

    Oh and the HRC have picked up her complaint, so they think something is out of order.

    Posted by So perspective... | June 5, 2013, 15:45
  9. Seeing as the spot-light is on Bandt’s office some at the moment, just a question I’ve been curious about for a while. The ALP have been copping some for not putting women into safe seats. Women politicians have to start somewhere, probably as staffers.

    I’m sure Bandt’s office is female infested all working and moving so fast, that their names are never out there. But now Rose is gone, maybe La Rocca as Bandt’s chief of staff could reassure us, she has been replaced by a woman and maybe even tell us how many female staff are employed in that office, and at what level. Maybe of course none with mental illness in their past, that just wouldn’t be the Green’s way going on Rose’s experience. They couldn’t take the risk and clearly will back any other organisation, even the coal miners with that position. Smart Greens would start to apologise and keep on apologising.

    Posted by Search light. | June 5, 2013, 16:23
  10. It’s now okay to discriminate against all people with a previous mental illness in society for all positions as long as you are completely unqualified to medically make the assessment that they are up to the job or not, you have received the information inappropriately from their former employer, and you whine about the fact you are doing it for their own benefit – gosh that’s kind of them, the sort of kindness that gets you kneed in the groin.

    Then if you are outed in the media, people such as yourself start coming up with aspersions on the victim’s character, and seem to be saying she is suing for money. Nope, as far as I know she’s not, she has seen a problem, taken it to the HRC, and they seen to agree with her and have taken it up. Rather feeble effort on your part to try and justify the handling of this.

    Posted by So perspective... | June 5, 2013, 16:33
  11. You are a single woman and have recently been dating two guys. Let’s call them Andrew and Brian, for argument’s sake. Both have some appealing attributes to you, and they are both keen to start a serious relationship with you. But you find out that A had previously had a history of mental health problems, which freaks you out a little bit. So you choose B to be your boyfriend. Should A now go bleating to the HREOC that you are discriminating against him on the basis of a mental illness???

    Posted by More Perspective... | June 5, 2013, 18:22
  12. Fuckin’ wannabe intellectuals who think they should control the lives of others.

    Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2013, 18:26
  13. YOU ARE BEING VERY UNPLEASANT as if that were a good thing. Nasty

    Posted by m | June 5, 2013, 21:12
  14. Damien Lawson? Isn’t that the same guy who proclaimed (See La Trobe Uni SRC minutes) “I am proud to be a Stalinist!”?
    Even Left Alliance members were embarassed by that one.

    Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2013, 21:33
  15. Would Stephen Fry also be banned from the Gweens campaigns after trying to top himself a couple of times?

    http://gawker.com/stephen-fry-tried-to-commit-suicide-last-year-511494783

    Posted by David Marred | June 6, 2013, 6:32
  16. Jake Wishart ignored one of my friends who needed help from MEAA earlier this year. She felt he dismissed her because she was a little overweight.
    Slimy little bastard.

    Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2013, 8:00
  17. Lee Brown is awaiting in the wings to rule the party like her parents taught her

    Posted by the Insider | June 6, 2013, 8:44
  18. The Greens are Doomed. I have seen the future. It looks much like the Australian Democrats.

    Posted by H the B | June 6, 2013, 9:48
  19. I flushed a big stinking turd this morning, which was far more decent and intelligent than both Alan Griffin and Daryl Melham.

    Posted by anon | June 6, 2013, 11:54
  20. Not quite right, Christian: ..”the misguided and occasionally erratic and extreme Greensparty that once focused on environmental issues and is now fully distracted …”.
    The fact is that, from the time R Brown and P Singer authored “The Greens”, they specifically cast the GREENS die that says 1. “Gay Rights”, and 2. “Euthanasia”.
    Environmentalism is a mere persona. Until you understand that, you won’t understand the Party.

    Posted by Gerry of Mentone | June 6, 2013, 12:03
  21. Costello gives me a fee every time Joe Aston drops his name in the Rear Entrance column in the Fin. That’s 3 cheques this week alone.
    Yippee.

    Posted by Tim Allerton City PR | June 6, 2013, 14:17
  22. Shame on the Greens for damning and bullying staff. Many poeple sin politics suffer mental illness and depression. Neil Cole, Jeff Kennett, Tony Abbott. Nothing new here. Rose Iser should not be subject to such victimization and vilification.

    The suggestion above that the Greens can win in Batman is a joke. The Greens would first have to secure Liberal Party preferences which will not be forth-coming. The days of the Liberals preferencing the Greens are over. The Liberal vote went up when the Bailliue government decided to preference the Greens last.

    Posted by The Green mean machine | June 7, 2013, 5:45
  23. but will the libs preference Katters party in the senate ?

    Posted by kop | June 7, 2013, 10:40
  24. Anon,

    Your large donation to Werribee has become stuck. All the animals at the zoo have died. Could you please go and get rid of it? The workers will not touch it due to OHS issues.

    Thanks in advance

    H the B

    Posted by H the B | June 7, 2013, 19:17
  25. Elections should facilitate the choice of the most popular leaders and the
    process should be conducted fairly through a neutral party.
    These goons needed something to belong to’something that couldn’t tell them
    they couldn’t belong to it’so they felt some sense of identity though
    their souls were mostly voids with cancer
    stick residue and macro-brew foam as a slick lining.
    The lack of democracy in the Middle East is
    further compounded by tribal groupings that have considerable rivalry among themselves:
    Yemen has witnessed this first hand.

    Posted by clash of clans hack direct download | June 8, 2013, 2:44
  26. We should employ the computer program that wrote the comment above to run our country. Welcome to BSkyBNet.

    Posted by ha ha | June 8, 2013, 3:59
  27. A long weekend to enjoy my buttplug and time to plan some more white anting of the ALP.

    Posted by Alan Griffin | June 8, 2013, 9:56
  28. best thing to happen to TV this year NITV. enjoyed Noel Peterson

    Posted by Malvern | June 9, 2013, 0:49
  29. I was a Green

    Posted by Dean Mighell | June 10, 2013, 9:20
  30. I reckon the guy that wrote this letter (Reader Palszy)to Andrew Bolt writes in a very similar style to Vex N e w s editor. Everyone knows the creator of this site is a rusted on Gillard supporter and mate of BillShorten. http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/did_kevin_rudd_con_the_media_with_his_triumphant_tour

    Posted by Lolla | June 10, 2013, 9:25
  31. greens will die…labor will die..refugees will die…”cochise” (tony)will slaughter…i rimey bighorse put on warpaint now

    Posted by rime | June 10, 2013, 14:02
  32. c.v sorry, ring if you like , things must change for the better.

    Posted by Malvern | June 11, 2013, 1:02
  33. Kop asks the questions will the LIbs Preference Katter?

    THe Libs and ALP are very vague always about preferences and neither can be trusted any further than what is visible.

    But hopefully all “other” political parties as well as ALP and Libs will recognise that the Greens are extremists who like their predecessors the Communists should be preferenced LAST by all other parties which support freedom of the individual.

    Posted by Andrew Jackson | June 11, 2013, 21:14
  34. Former ALP MP Jenny George got an award in the Queen Birthday Honours list.

    I remember Jenny was present with the left wing ATSIC and union scum when they tried to smash there way into Parliament in 1996 breaking the glass doors and terrifying the staff.

    ATSIC = Aborigines Talking Shit In Canberra

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 12, 2013, 23:27
  35. Kymberlie – do not txt me. Wld NOT be hot.

    Posted by RDR | June 13, 2013, 14:16
  36. Adrian Jackson – you are correct – the 1996 rioters outside Parliament House included Jenny George. If my recollection is correct, she spoke on the ABC PM program to defend the actions of the mob as a legitimate protest.

    Andrew Jackson – the ALP should recognize the Greensparty as a mortal enemy and preference its candidates last. Some Liberals may play around with preferences but the overwhelming majority of the party membership would not tolerate preferences to the Greens. The Coalition leadership knows that when it comes to the crunch an ALP member is preferable to a Greensparty politician if one is looking at a stable sensible government and opposition in the parliament.

    The Carbon Tax may have been a political gift from heaven for the Coalition and may well be the reason for the likely election victory in the next few months. However, the tax only became a possibility because of the Prime Minister’s unnecessary capitulation to Greensparty demands as a result of a dodgy preference strategy dreamed up by Baillieu and his cohort.

    Even if one supports a pricing mechanism for emissions, the structure and design of the tax represents a significant cost impediment to export industries and also manufacturers competing with imports because it is set at a price six or seven times the market rate.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | June 15, 2013, 1:41
  37. If guys like this Dan Nolan are voting Green, I wont be. Maybe his Green mates should unfollow him. I won’t hold my breath. Back to Labor afterall.

    Posted by No vote for the Greens from me. | June 15, 2013, 7:30
  38. So it seems that David Nolan is still appearing on David Paris’s twitter feed (and possibly others) though no updates there recently.

    So maybe not a un-following him then. Such a small and easy thing to do. What is it they say about judging person by the company they keep? Paris’s last tweet is Milne’s gender card photo. All Greens employees should distance themselves from someone who publicly has puerile sexist rants.

    How about a public condemnation then, of someone who has enough profile if it’s the same Nolan to have articles in the Drum, and a distancing from this person especially as it’s the same person, he has featured regularly on at least one staffer’s twitter feed.

    Posted by No vote for the Greens from me. | June 15, 2013, 11:41
  39. Whoops, apologies to the young man on the Drum if it wasn’t him, that was supposed to read, “especially as IF it’s the same person”. Be pretty awful to have someone going ape, (his twitter feed this today just keeps giving)with the same name, if you weren’t prone to calling women sluts after they got a article published online.

    Posted by No vote for the Greens from me. | June 15, 2013, 15:37
  40. Oh no, I goofed again, silly little girl me. that was cunt I believe.

    Posted by No vote for the Greens from me. | June 15, 2013, 15:38
  41. I’m off to the bath house, to mince around on all fours whilst a likely lad is right in my backside.

    Posted by Pissy Chryne | June 15, 2013, 15:49
  42. Pissy thank you for the vigorous thrusting in my botty, Alan Jones would be proud of you as it will be at least a week before my anus contracts.

    Posted by Back Door Bob | June 15, 2013, 21:29
  43. The Greens are the filth the other parties discarded years ago. This sort of behaviour is unacceptable, and hopefully will result in Bandt losing his seat and muff muncher Janet Rice being unelectable. Lets hope sense prevails.

    Posted by Roy Tuswell Seat Sniffer | June 16, 2013, 6:39
  44. waiting for Bob

    Posted by Geof | June 18, 2013, 10:15

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