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Green Party Supports Reaction

February 15, 2011

The arch- conservative faction of the New South Wales Liberal Party must have their eyes swiveling with glee as they contemplate the opportunities opened up for them by the Green Party. The hardliners around Lee Rhiannon have won the argument that the Green Party will not direct preferences to Labor anywhere in the March State elections.

This means the Coalition and their allies will control the State Upper House if they win government.

And that will have rolling consequences over the next four years. As Labor MLC Luke Foley puts it, that decisions delivers the Legislative Council to “the book burners and the elephant shooters – people who are on a crusade to overturn environmental protection, let hunters rampage through national parks, bring back duck hunting, close the safe injecting room and end ethics classes in schools.”

The Green Party decision means there will be no check on what an O’Farrell-led Coalition government – remember that includes the National Party – will be able to do. On anything. That includes privatisations and industrial relations, a prospect that will have the hyper-conservatives very excited.

It was the comm wing of the Green Party that made this decision, not the environmental wing – the Marxist types who believe the worse things are the better they are. Give a Coaltion government full rein, we will all be radicalized by the result and the world revolution will be expedited. In the meantime, bugger the environment.

5 Comments
  1. Jeffrey O'Neal permalink
    February 15, 2011 11:34 am

    What crap! It shows a profound lack of knowledge of how the Greens operate in NSW. Bob Carr is bringing his centralist ALP mindset to the preferences issue. Each local Greens Group across NSW has the absolute constitutional discretion to make its own decisions on preferences for their own electorates, and that’s exactly what they do. They are fiercely independent.
    The reality is that Labor is so very on the nose in NSW, that almost no local groups are prepared to preference Labor, unless there are compelling local reasons which override the ALP smell.

    The article isn’t even accurate. Many groups have made absolutely no decisions on their preferences yet, so can Carr mind read not just individuals, but whole groups? And a few Groups will certainly preference Labor for their own reasons. So wrong, Bob, wrong! In fact, there is a distinct liklihood that the Greens will gain the balance of power in the upper house, if people decide they don’t want a Coalition landslide, and opt for checks and balances in the Upper House.
    As to Luke Foley’s rant about the conservative small parties, Labor did deal after deal with them while in Government to get through other legislation. The Shooters Party has been extravagantly funded for years through a deal with the ALP which gives the gun lobby a huge annual income from licensing fees – just to get through some other legislation the ALP wanted, and to keep them on side and sweet.

    • Bob Carr permalink
      February 15, 2011 11:41 am

      And hand Upper House control to the conservatives ?
      Better that there was some leadership from the Green Party head office guiding local branches ?

  2. Victoria permalink
    February 15, 2011 12:00 pm

    Right on, Bob. The Greens are a sickening bunch of hypocrites. What a shambles the next Upper House will be and all thanks to the Greens and their ultimately conservative agenda.

  3. February 15, 2011 2:35 pm

    Thanks for your insightful analysis of the Greens’ factional decision-making process, but I have a question. I joined the party in 2009, have become an office-bearer in a local group and have been involved in various committees. But how do I know which wing (“comm” or “environmental”) I belong to?

    I’ve certainly seen some disagreement and people arguing their views, but it’s confusing – sometimes two people will disagree on a decision, but then other times the same two people will agree. And sometimes even everyone agrees – what’s all that about?

    Also, your post suggests that this decision will hand majority control of the LC to the conservative parties. Don’t you think the unprecedented low level of support for Labor, not to mention the way Labor deals have helped to legitimise some of those far right minor parties, might be contributing to that?

  4. We are the navy blues .... permalink
    February 15, 2011 8:04 pm

    No
    Dam
    Greens

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