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WANNON PLOT: Secret Greens emails reveal conspiracy to elect Labor in return for Warrnambool refugee processing centre

insidethegreensmachine The Sunday Herald Sun reported this weekend that their intrepid newshound James Campbell had uncovered evidence that the Greens party had entered into a conspiracy with prominent Victorian Western District Liberals to defeat the endorsed Liberal candidate Dan Tehan in Wannon.

The famished VEXNEWS Investigations Unit has leapt on a few crumbs from the Campbell feasting table and has also obtained documents from disgruntled sources within the Greens party that do much to undermine the false image presented by aging Greens party leader Bob Brown as being above political scheming and letting voters make up their own minds about where their preferences should go. Brown’s most trusted confidant, Christine Milne, as we will see, has been intimately involved in this plot.

sneakydealThe emails – available below in full – reveal:

■ Tasmanian Greens party Senator Christine Milne met with Peter Small, “the president of the Horsham Liberal party” according to Greens party documents but in fact the president of their Hamilton branch in secret discussions about undermining the Liberal candidate in Wannon;

■ Small has a big scheme to defeat Tehan, described by a senior Greens activist and candidate Marcus Ward: “In a nutshell, he’s (Small) working on a deal to sink the liberal candidate in wannon and get the Labor candidate over the line. He thinks he can get most independents to preference each other, and the(n) preference the labor party.”

■ The Greens candidates Lisa Owen (Wannon) and Marcus Ward (Western Victoria – Legislative Council) discussed demanding that the old Fletcher Jones site in Warrnambool – a very prominent location in the town – be converted into a “refugee processing centre” in return for being part of the preference plot to defeat Tehan.

refugeesSubsequent to these discussions, the Greens issued a how-to-vote card putting Tehan behind the ALP candidate.

It is not known whether they have obtained secret commitments on the refugee processing centre from Labor, although it seems unlikely.

The endorsed Liberal Dan Tehan is enduring a withering campaign of character assassination from opponents, including failed Wannon Liberal preselection candidate Katrina Rainsford who are urging voters to make the long-time safe Liberal seat marginal. While some in the local press have lapped this up, loyal local Liberals reckon Tehan is expected to poll strongly and see off the challenge from independents, Greens and Labor who are seen by many as acting in concert, a conclusion certainly supported by the emergence of these secret Greens party emails.



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  1. Well, Tehan can look forward to the support of shooters in Wannon. If Tehan can resist the crap from within his own party, then he should consider jumping ship after being elected and going independent.

    Posted by Rampant | August 18, 2010, 14:50
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  3. The Greens are nothing but a bunch of blackmailers.

    Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010, 15:20
  4. Can’t wait to see the weeping from [deleted – sexist] on saturday night.

    Posted by anon | August 18, 2010, 15:47
  5. With an ALP Candidate such a Judith “the mad cow” McNamara as the ALP’s great hope, I shiver to wonder what it would be like with her walking the halls of Canberra. Then again with a Liberal Candidate who still lives in the city and falsifies his employment background on his offical website, a “mad cow” may present as a better alternative than a silver tail Liberal Party Hack.

    Posted by The Wannon Wonder | August 18, 2010, 15:57
  6. Tehan is a dud who failed in previous preselection attempts. He has been railroaded into Wannon (against the wishes of the local branch) by another dud in (Dr Do-little) Denis Napthine. He’s the bloke who ran the Victorian Liberal opposition so far into the ground they tipped him out for Rob-the-poor Doyle. Denis was party to the attempted closure of rail lines throughout the state and schools and hospitals throughout his and other electorates. Tehan’s promising to fix the highway between Portland and Geelong – I hope he’s got a big spade and plenty of gravel. At least it might keep him gainfully employed – something he hasn’t been for some years.

    Posted by themole | August 18, 2010, 16:01
  7. Greens just another grubby group.

    Posted by Greens another political mafiaosa | August 18, 2010, 18:05
  8. Anybody would be better than that fascist turd

    Posted by Argus Tuft | August 18, 2010, 19:02
  9. Hey dickhead they will beholding the seat of Melbourne after Saturday Ha Ha Ha!

    Posted by anon | August 18, 2010, 19:03
  10. Dan Tehan still lives in Kew I believe where his children still attend the local private schools. Even the outgoing Lib MP David Hawker was not happy with his Pre selection… I will bet that Tehan if elected will barely visit his electorate and spend most of his time sucking up to the big wigs in the nations capital.

    Posted by Tehan is a hack | August 18, 2010, 19:13
  11. The ALP candidate is mad as a cut snake, and a closet greenie to boot. They’re all a pack of loons down there (Swampie Marsh, hello!), whichever way this election swings, Wannon will be left to flounder.

    Posted by Observer | August 18, 2010, 19:29
  12. Surely the bigger news here is Small’s friendly fire? If the libs were able to confirm the details of the above screenshot then Peter Small should be ejected from the party post-haste.

    Posted by mick | August 18, 2010, 19:50
  13. Tehan is filth. He is a hack who is a lying, deceptive fool. He runs around telling everyone he’s some farm and agriculture consultant, he’s never even lodged a BAS statement! He’s a city-slicker career poli who couldn’t give two shits whether he’s representing Wannon, Batman, or Lingiari. What a joke.

    Posted by War wager | August 18, 2010, 20:19
  14. I can understand people voting for Labor, Liberal, Family First, Democrats (snigger), DLP.

    I cannot understand why anyone who hadn’t smoked their brain away with dope or were a marxist would ever vote for the Greens. Just shows a need for a civics course before being granted voting rights.

    Then again, some vote CEC and One Notion which I also can’t understand. Probably just thick (me that is).

    Posted by Oh Well | August 18, 2010, 20:48
  15. Hey Andew- don’t think we have forgotten your wager about Dunkley should it fall to the ALP. Hopfully it doesn’t happen, but if it does I know where you can hire a good bike.

    Posted by Payup | August 18, 2010, 21:26
  16. Tony Abbott easily wins the People’s Forum for a second time.

    Posted by Anonski | August 18, 2010, 21:39
  17. What a mess.

    So who to trust?

    ALP ‘mad cow’ McNamara, 4 Inds, a lying green, a nobody family first, or a City Lib?

    My bet is Dan will win with reduced majority.

    Posted by darkhorse | August 19, 2010, 0:32
  18. TO war wager – what a ridiculous name!! I see Dan Tehan or his wife Sarah dropping kids off every day here in Hamilton at HIS local school he has bought a property outside of Hamilton, does in fact run his own small business with an ABN has lodged a BAS and is the only candidate thus far in this campaign to not have gotten his knees dirty by digging around the mud with the likes of you and the independants. As for him not being here in the electorate of Wannon – wake up! Where the hell else do you think he is. He has run a positive campaign (unlike some!) on the MRI for Warrnambool, the Grampians Walk, Childcare centre for Casterton, Roads, youth allowance….
    So gorw up and let the professionals get on with restoring order in our great country.

    Posted by Wannon worker | August 19, 2010, 9:27
  19. Wannon worker- very sweet that you want to stick up for your mate Tehan. Your loyalty will be rewarded I’m sure. What’s he offering you? Electorate officer? PA? Advisor? Surely he’s not promising a min staffer position, given that if you want to end up a minister, you can’t be a no-mates, which Tehan most definitely is in the realms of the Liberal party.

    I note you blather on about his campaign for the MRI in Warrnambool. Don’t be so utterly insulting. The Warrnambool Standard and Peter’s Project had the campaign running long before that piece of rubbish blew in from Kew.

    Tehan was on the payroll at Liberal Party headquarters up until the day of his pre-selection. Any ABN or BAS form now come under a big cloud of farce, it’s all a set up so that he can make his transition to back-room hack to backbench cruiser without too much hassle.

    No wonder no-one can stand him. He’s the biggest pretender running around Victoria.

    Shame, Tehan. Shame.

    Posted by War wager | August 19, 2010, 10:00
  20. Wasn’t that fool Peter Small one of Simon Price’s backers for Wannon?

    Is this some idiotic Price scheme to lose Wannon so that Price can win back for the Liberals in 2013?

    Crazy stuff. Get these guys out of the Party.

    Posted by The Price is Wrong | August 19, 2010, 10:20
  21. Oh dear – sour is the taste of imminent defeat! Who got the doctors on board, not only from Warrnambool but from Stawell, Hamilton, Arrarat, Portland… Semantics really. And no I most certainly do not wish to be a PA, Advisor, Minister etc as I said through the democractic proceess the liberal party members of Wannon elected the best person for the job, (in a landslide might I add) just as we do in our own businesses, actually i thought thats what we stood for – free enterprise and the best people for the right jobs??

    Posted by Wannon worker | August 19, 2010, 10:37
  22. Tehan is still being paid by the liberal slush fund through an ABN. If he is a “farming consultant” I am the Queen of England!

    Posted by The Wannon Wonder | August 19, 2010, 13:31
  23. Geez, you’re a brave bunch. Swinging haymakers at Tehan on the basis of a series of half heresay, rumour and mistruths. Get some facts or put a flippin’ cork in it. Tehan’s out there having a crack for the people of his electorate and running a positive campaign, while being sniped constantly by ‘her lunacy’ Ms Rainsford, and her gang of merry malcontents.

    Posted by Kodomac | August 19, 2010, 14:33
  24. The more one reads about the greens grubby deals & two faced conduct it makes mark arbib look like a man of honour. They really deserve to go the way of th edemocrats, up their own arse. Pun intended!

    Posted by cynic | August 19, 2010, 15:36
  25. Kodomac, how do you know that they’re hearsay and half truths? For all you’re aware, I’m sitting at the Libs HQ right now typing these out. It’s admirable to be loyal, but unfortunately, politics does not know much about that.

    Posted by War wager | August 19, 2010, 16:37
  26. War Wager, I’d rather have a tenner on the Melborne storm’s chances of winning this year’s NRL final than you being in liberal party HQ. Even Labor voters (like myself) can’t accept the Libs are that stupid.

    I wandered into this convseration because a decent bloke is being savaged by baseless gutless sniping, driven by Madam ‘sour grapes’ who got tossed out in the first Wannan Libs pre-selection ballot, a couple of E grade journalists, and obvuiosly a few others who think Alice in Wonderland belongs in the reference section of the video library.

    No loyalty here mate…just don’t like seeing a decent bloke get savaged by a bunch of ignorant morons with NFI.

    Posted by Kodomac | August 19, 2010, 18:20
  27. Well said Kodomac. It is good to see honour in ones opponents.
    Where would be the glory in defeating cowards such as War Wager and The Wannon Wonder.
    Or as I like to call them Weed Whacker and the Wannon Wanker.
    And make no mistake they are defeated.
    Defeated in Policy
    Defeated in the Polls
    Defeated in the Preselections and
    Soon to be defeated at the ballot box.
    It beggars belief to posit that these two lackwits have enough brains to breathe unassisted without the aid of an IPod replaying the words “Breathe in, Breathe out” constantly in their heads But obviously it is marvelous what Modern Medicine can achieve these days. The dead continue to walk and talk, long after death.
    What a wondrous age we live in!

    We all know how nasty a campaign was directed a Tehan in both Preselection and this campaign. I am sure you “city folk” enjoy that sort of thing.
    Out here in the Country we take a dim view of that shit.
    Which is of course why Tehan won Preselection and looks poised to win the Seat
    May I just offer a hearty “Thankyou” to Weed Whacker,The Wannon Wanker and their ilk.
    We could never have done it without you.
    What a bunch of political lackwits.

    Posted by Ian Read | August 19, 2010, 21:01
  28. Oooo Hello, we’ve just gone up a notch! Oh sorry should I say gone down a notch.
    Oh and I am not the queen of England!!
    And, I like your style Kodomac, even though you are a Labor voter standing up for common decency uninversally knows no political boudaries – Well done, shame we don’t have you as a worthy adversary?? I had respect for Katrina along with all the other candidates who stood for pre-selection in Wannon and I along with 363 other people witnesses the defeat that was a knockout in the first round (ie 2 votes out of a possible 364 to Katrina) so I, like you Kodomac don’t like seeing good people who believe in what they are fighting for (right or wrong) get slammed by idiots – at least they are gutst enough to stand publicly for they believe in!?

    Posted by Wannon worker | August 19, 2010, 21:26
  29. You are all such morons.

    The greens are filthy, Dan Tehan is David Hawker Mk 2, Katrina Rainsford belongs in state politics if anywhere, and the preselectors of “Wannan” (Kodomac) got what they deserved.

    Greens will never get a seat in Western Vic because that just the way things are – I know Portland and we hate greens.

    Posted by darkhorse | August 20, 2010, 0:38
  30. Lets be fair, neither of the major party candidates deserve a win in Wannon. Dan Tehan hs no local credentials, while Judith McNamara hasn’t once visited important towns in Wannon like Beaufort, Ararat, Stawell and Avoca.. There is a nutty green, a useless soppy Family First woman, two loony andependents and three standout independents – Ralph Leuton, James Purcell (my pic) and Katrina Rainsford, also a bit nutty but with Bob Katter like qualities. And while Bob is too a fellow nutter, you got to admit he’s a good local member! Lets hope one of the three independents pulls off a miracle.

    Posted by politicalrealist | August 20, 2010, 22:54
  31. Dan will win on primary votes so preferences do not mean a stuff!

    Posted by Richard | August 21, 2010, 4:22
  32. Whoever Colin Brooks supports will win. He runs Victoria.

    Posted by Michael Paul | August 21, 2010, 18:14
  33. Wannon is a strange place.

    Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2010, 18:15