The real faces behind the Green advertising fund raisers - Public funding has made them rich
Despite the emphasis on the environment, “the Greens are not a single issue party.” Their objective is clear: “to transform politics and bring about Green government.” The Australian Greens are part of a worldwide movement that is actively engaged in the political process. As their writings state, this objective involves a radical transformation of the culture that underpins western civilization.
As a political party, [the Greens] should be treated like any other political party and subjected to the same scrutiny.In order to fully comprehend the Greens’ political ideology, it is necessary to understand the historical roots and foundations of both our own western, liberal democratic culture – and that of the Greens. It this address, I propose to explain the Greens agenda, as set out in their own documents and writings. The paper has three parts: First, a brief examination of the roots of western culture and the origins of the Greens; secondly, an analysis of the Greens ideology; and thirdly, a discussion of the Greens economic, social and other policies.
Kevin Andrew's concerns are also express by Monash University politics lecturer, Narelle Miragliotta, who says that "while the Greens are seen as inspired by a desire to preserve wilderness areas, this is strictly only true of the Tasmania and Queensland branches."
''The thing about Tasmania and Queensland, they did mobilise around charismatic individuals [Bob Brown and Drew Hutton],'' she says. The Greens in Victoria and New South Wales came from a broader social justice movement, creating a sort of pan-left party.
Sophie Mirabella, the federal member for Indi (Victoria), has distributed a leaflet in her seat in which she details "just some of the loopy Green policies". She expresses a view widely held within the Liberal Party membership.
"It would be negligent of me to stand by and watch my constituents get screwed over by an extreme party hiding behind warm fuzzy green trees," she told the Herald Sun."Any state preference deal is a matter for (state Liberal leader Ted Baillieu and state director Tony Nutt), but my view and the view of many in the Coalition is that the Greens are extreme and their policies are bad.
The Greens are set to hold the balance of power in a main land state and both major parties have decided it is time t6be Greens policies are subjected to full review and scrutiny with just over two weeks to go before Victoria goes to the Polls our community leaders are asking questions about government under greens colored glasses.
The Liberal Party is divided with most members opposed to to the Party Leadership preferencing the Greens ahead of Labor. The Greens stand for everything the Liberal membership opposes. To reference the Greens is a betrayal of the policies and values that than liberal party was founded on.
Likewise the Labour Party is also facing an attack of values with the Greens set to win two maybe three inner city lower house seats and up to five upper house seats in Victoria.
In order to win seats on the Green leather the Greens need Liberal Party Preferences. Without them they cannot secure sufficient number of votes to win the election. Green voters have little in common with the Liberal party and as such they greens can not direct preferences in the lower house and have nothing of value to contribute to a Liberal Victory.
The only currency of trade that the Greens can offer is the possibility of the Liberal party winning seats in the upper-house.
In the upper house the Greens Party, thanks to the above the line voting system, can direct preferences form green supports to Liberal Candidates. Only 3% of voters state wide vote below the line and they vote for all parties. In the greens case less then 10% of Green voters vote below the line, So a vote for then Greens above the line will be allocated to what ever deal the Greens decide. If as has been suggested the Greens decide to issue a split ticket then the which every Party Labor or Liberal is ahead at the time will go on to win the seat. In most cases, such as in Southern Metropolitan Region, this is the Liberal Party. In those seats where the ALP has a lead the Greens the Greens have offered the Liberal Party direct preferences to their number three candidate.
Sunday is the deadline for Group voting preferences and we will then know the fill extent of the deal cut between the Liberals and the Greens