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SLAP IN THE FACE: Old rich white barrister knocks off community activist for Greens party endorsement in Melbourne

brianwalterstoff The Greens political party have reportedly snubbed a female political activist for a “rich, white, male barrister” in their recent preselection for the state seat of Melbourne.

Sources tell VEXNEWS that a recently conducted postal ballot of Greens party preselectors gave the Melbourne endorsement to Brian Walters SC, a barrister who frequently provides legal advice and participates in legal stunts on behalf of the extreme-left party of militants. He is frequently used by the Greens party to give published legal opinions of various matters in support of their causes, and is believed to be a close chum of Tasmanian Greens multi-millionaire Senator Bob Brown.

Walters’ victory was seen as a cruel blow and snub to Rose Iser, a Moonee Valley councillor who had pushed for support among the comrades by saying that a hard-working, young female was best placed to challenge Health Minister and Labor incumbent Bronwyn Pike.

A close observer of the Melbourne Greens told VEXNEWS this morning “Rich, white men are taking over the Greens, it’s a fact. Walters is nearly sixty years old. Nothing wrong with rich, white old guys but it’s not really the right look for the Greens who should be presenting a fresh alternative face to Bronwyn Pike. It’s a weird decision, really weird. The vast majority of Greens voters are women, this is a slap in the face for them.”

While Iser is a hard-grafting community activist, Walters is believed to rake in as much as $10,000 per day from his work as a barrister with high-flying clients including former Liberal Party identity John Elliott and many other wealthy businesspeople.

Walters attended Carey Baptist Grammar School, with Peter Costello and enjoys a successful and highly lucrative practice at the Bar. He appears to have slavishly worked over his Wikipedia article, chronicling many of the achievements he feels worthy of public attention which even include one-time legal representation for the Forestry Division of the CFMEU. We suspect they no longer engage his services.

An official announcement of the Greens political party candidate is due next week.


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  1. Sweet Jesus…! You mean the Greens really are a political party after all???? Holy cow…I’m joining!

    Posted by Mommies Little Secret | August 21, 2009, 12:02
  2. perhaps one day the greens will let a woman run for office in Melbourne

    Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009, 12:12
  3. The Greens are out of touch with reality? Whats new.

    Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009, 12:30
  4. Money talks. Especially within the Greens it would appear.

    Posted by Clive Rice | August 21, 2009, 12:59
  5. The single biggest issue on the streets of melbourne is thuggish violence and the Greens preselect a civil libertarian who hates police…..

    Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009, 13:29
  6. I’m amazed that the gender politics within the Greens haven’t spilled out into the public arena. Perhaps Walters’ pre-selection will be the tipping point? Here we have a party that foolishly spins itself as having a flat Parliamentary structure in Victoria, while unofficially having a man as its Parliamentary leader over two women. It’s all a bit bizarre and it’s disappointing that Pennicuk and Hartland are so submissive. This is all like something out of the 70s, with the women being told they are equal, while being bossed around by men who claim to be progressive on gender issues.

    Posted by Anon | August 21, 2009, 13:37
  7. As a 13 year ALP member and ministerial staffer I hope to god that Labor losses the election.

    Posted by Ministerial Spy | August 21, 2009, 14:44
  8. Can’t believe the Greens have done this. They must be complete idiots. Who has ever heard of this bloke? Rose Iser has worked her little butt off. Just goes to show when it comes to politics all parties are the same. The harder you work the less likely it is you’ll get the nod.

    Posted by Madam Lash | August 21, 2009, 15:20
  9. And what sort of friend is he to Bob Brown? Is he going for the gay vote?

    Posted by Madam Lash | August 21, 2009, 15:21
  10. What a stupid article. The Greens did a preselection vote, the 60yo guy beat the younger woman – so what, it may be a political mistake, but it’s hardly a scandal.

    Democracy hey?

    Posted by Hamish Coffee | August 21, 2009, 15:39
  11. Walters’ first entry on Google says he lives in Goose Creek. The tribe has spoken…lol…

    Posted by Madam Lash | August 21, 2009, 15:42
  12. Another good argument against an increased role for the membership in political party preselections.

    Posted by Blue Dog Patriot | August 21, 2009, 15:54
  13. You wanna run the party from the ol’ stalinist control tower ay’ Blue Dog Patriot? The less the membership has to do with the party – the better ay?

    Posted by central commander | August 21, 2009, 16:06
  14. Young women aspirants for political positions get too easy a ride. Great to see one get put back in her box. The Greens might be the party of and for wankers but at least they’ve chosen a quality candidate. That’s one less girly hysteric to worry about.

    Posted by Walter Plinge | August 21, 2009, 16:19
  15. Hamish Coffee The ALP are more concerned about overturning a strong local vote for popular local State Member Craig Langdon to install a “puppet” of the State Government in Anthony Carbines. Good on the Greens for promoting democracy. We will all leave Heidelberg branch to join.

    Posted by Westie for ever | August 21, 2009, 17:00
  16. Chortle chortle chortle… Langdon? What’s he ever acheived? Apart from the obvious and the unmentionable, of course.

    Posted by Blue Dog Patriot | August 21, 2009, 17:17
  17. Craig txt me. I’m out.

    Posted by Jake the Snake | August 21, 2009, 17:36
  18. The Greens have been stupid in preselections before. Like dumping David Risstrom, a former Melbourne City Councillor, a barrister, and a very able candidate. Risstrom would be in the Senate today but for the dirty deal done by the Democrats. The Democrats preferred Fielding to Risstrom, and that resulted in the party of God being represented in the Senate.

    David Risstrom is a good and responsible Green. Many Greens are nutters but he isn’t.

    Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009, 18:54
  19. Rose Iser is my local Councillor.The Jolly greens really do believe they can win the seat, but they need a good candidate.
    Rose is not and they would have certainly lost with her as the candidate.
    Many local greens did not vote at all in the process, wonder why?

    Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009, 20:29
  20. Young voters in Melbourne won’t be conned this time. Greens show their true colors and true age.

    The Greens party membership is mainly anglo affluent 50 and 60 olds. Many do not like young people – but they count on their votes.

    The Greens voter base is mainly young people. Young people should also check out the greens rules. Local old farts can veto membership of young people with little justification…so they keep out community activists and young people and migrant. It is more like an exclusive club than an activist party.

    They are just another baby boomer con. A generational gerrymander.

    Young people will see right through this cynical grab for power by the elderly and out of touch Greens power brokers in Melbourne.

    And those gen x and y voters who are looking for a way to punish the Greens power brokers for this bogus move in Melbourne will find a way to fill in the ballot paper…you can expect a higher informal vote.

    Whether Cr Iser or the pension aqe winner of the pre selection ‘battle’ (and is it a battle when local baby boomer members do not vote) won the local vote is not the point. The fact that this is all the choice talent that could get through a Greens pre-selection shows the bigotry and age-based elitism that is entrenched in the Greens’ rules and in their political culture.

    Posted by greens just a babyboomer con | August 22, 2009, 10:17
  21. bye bye pikey

    Posted by ansteybranchopolous | August 22, 2009, 11:22
  22. Walter Plinge you are an idiot. Where are all the “girlie hysterics” in the parliament? Get a brain mate…

    Posted by Madam Lash | August 22, 2009, 12:41
  23. Rose Iser has impressed people in Moonee Valley unlike Bronnie who’s missing in action…ignore the real community at your peril Labor…

    Posted by Madam Lash | August 22, 2009, 12:47
  24. Brian Walters has got 12 months to impress. But he doesn’t even live in the area. Talk about a blow in.

    Posted by Madam Lash | August 22, 2009, 16:18
  25. The Greens are secretly being infiltrated by the Christian right, and the members probably thought they were voting for Howard’s drugs old mate, Brian Watters from the Salvos.

    And anonymous @18.54, you can’t blame the Democrats for Risstrom losing because:

    1. The main reason is that Risstrom failed to obtain enough votes (i.e. a quota of 14.3 percent of the vote) in his own right.
    2. No party is obliged to do a preference deal with anyone else – the objective of all parties is to get their own candidate elected and to negotiate the best possible deal for that to happen.
    3. In this respect, the Greens never give their vote direct to the Democrats in the Senate – they filter it through other small parties first, and only go to the Democrats before the major parties.
    4. The Democrats gave a higher Senate preference to the Greens than the Greens ever gave the Democrats (at least since 1996).
    5. The Democrat vote was too low to make the necessary difference – the killer blow was Labor giving its surplus to the Greens.
    6. Both the Democrats and Labor negotiated with all parties about Senate preferences.
    7. The deal that Labor and the Dems struck with FF presumed that FF would be eliminated before either of them would be – and therefore the FF vote would flow to them and be competitive against the Greens, whom they rightly assumed would remain in the count for the final Senate seat (i.e. they would never benefit from Green votes).
    8. This deal worked for Labor in other states (esp NSW and SA) nudging them ahead to win a Senate seat over the Greens (and the Dems), but failed for the Dems because their vote was too low to maintain a lead over FF.
    9. Preference deals can have unintended consequences – e.g. the way Fred Nile’s Call to Australia allocated preferences in 1998 in WA meant that gay Democrat Brian Grieg got elected and likewise AAFI and the CEC allocations have unintendly got Democrats elected ahead.

    It is old irrelevant history, but you could at least get it right.

    Posted by Madge Allsop | August 22, 2009, 19:05
  26. Sorry (if anyone cares, which I hugely doubt) – point 5 should read:

    “The Democrat vote was too low to make the necessary difference – the killer blow was Labor giving its surplus to Family First.”

    Posted by Madge Allsop | August 22, 2009, 19:08
  27. Pike will lose if the Liberals preference the Greens.

    What tradeoffs will the Greens give the Liberals?

    Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2009, 23:28
  28. Correction Anonymouse – the Greens have already done their deals with the Libs. They did this about 12 months ago to win the support of the Greens for more national parks in a push to win over the younger vote.

    The evidence can be found in the Overflow magazine where David Davis refused to comment on the rumour. The libs haven’t denied stitching up a deal despite being cornered on the issue three times.

    Hopefully the bushfires royal commission will show how dangerous that policy stance can be.

    Posted by Noel Jackson | August 23, 2009, 10:21
  29. “Iser is a hard-grafting community activist”? Who are you kidding? This self serving Green represents only a very small core of fanatics in the local area. certainly she has never knocked on our door for support and she would not get it. From what I hear on the local rumour file, she hasn’t got that many friends in either her party or in her distant council.

    Posted by Brian Todd | August 23, 2009, 12:13
  30. anything to rid us of pikey

    Posted by ansteybranchopolous | August 23, 2009, 19:54
  31. The dopey propagandist for the ALP says here “the vast majority of Greens voters are women, this is a slap in the face for them.” Give us a break. There are two women and one man representing the Greens in the Upper House of Victorian State Parliament and three women and two men representing the Greens in the Federal Parliament so what’s with the line that preselection for a male Brian Walters is a slap in the face for women? Madge Alsop
    was Dame Edna Everage’s bridesmaid but has passed on. Madge Alsop suffered from senile demetia which appears to be the case of this writer using the name. At last we have an outstanding candidate in Brian Walters who will give Bronwyn Pike a run for her money in the seat of Melbourne.

    Posted by Lewis Prichard | August 24, 2009, 0:51
  32. I emailed Bill Shorten, Lindsay Tanner and Rose Iser regarding net censorship.

    Shorten didn’t reply.

    Tanner replied but merely restated the party line rather than answering my question (although kudos to him, it looked like he actually wrote the reply rather than a staffer).

    Iser replied with a considered response, admitted she wasn’t fully across some of the details, had an opinion, and expressed actual thoughts in her reply.

    If my vote was based purely on my experiences with the ALP vs the Greens, I’d be voting Greens.

    Posted by Epstein's Mother | August 24, 2009, 16:08
  33. What a pity you didn’t actually email the relevant Minister (Conroy) Mother dearest. Perhaps you were only looking for something to complain about, and weren’t interested in solutions?

    You probably DO fit in down at the Greens, in that case.

    In any event, anyone tempted to vote Green should have a quick perusal of their policy document, available at http://greens.org.au/policies, or wherever batshit crazy policies are being sold.

    Posted by Blue Dog Patriot | August 24, 2009, 16:51
  34. Let’s hope Pike gets wiped out, even if you dug up Madge Alsop she would be better MP than Bronny.

    Posted by Danny Boy | August 24, 2009, 16:58
  35. Hey. News is that Iser will put her hand up for Essendon in order to help a right wing mate with preferences and to defeat the dumbest MP in the state, Justinian Maddenburger
    Time will tell but the Planning Minister is yet to show his mug anywhere in his hoped for new seat and locals are pissed off so they might even consider this thug of an independent Liberal who is Iser’s bosom mate

    Posted by Andrew Lappos | February 21, 2010, 17:56


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