Recently 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:
Wishart – 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.
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.
She 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.