Green Party Failure
In an election made for them to score two inner-city seats the Green Party failed. This is an important message out of the NSW state elections. It follows massive Green Party campaigning in Balmain and Marrickville. It reflects internal chaos in the party which may at last begin to get media attention. In turn this may mean an end to the “hands off ” policy of the Canberra press gallery which has resulted in Green Party conferences and preselections never getting covered. And Bob Brown being treated reverentially.
How did a sleazy promoter of fat-blasting cures and quack medicine for impotence get preselection to run as Green Party candidate in Balmain ? Bob Brown campaigned for him but was never asked about the candidate at his side the way Gillard or Abbott would have been if they had been promoting a commercial huckster.
Thank God, The Australian newspaper pinned down the Green Party candidate in Marrickville who tried to lie her way out of support of a boycott of Israel. This is the party of principle but its candidate twisted and genuflected and contorted to avoid defending a position she had publicly taken on Marrickville Council, namely that there should be an active boycott directed against the Jewish state. She tried to say taking the issue up in state parliament was not the same as “vowing” to take the issue up in state parliament. Oh yeah ?
Verity Firth and Carmel Tebutt were quality candidates, serious about policy, diligent in work for their electorates and ferocious as doorstep advocates. The fight between Verity and her Liberal opponent is still too close to call. Both must be elevated after the election and Verity placed in the upper house if she fails to get over the line.
The defeat for the Green Party suggests there is a ceiling to their support. It confirms that even in the inner city voters are looking critically at who the party selects and what they say. It suggests they are a convenient party of protest but can no longer build support with the subterfuges and sloganeering they have lived off so far. You can’t get your local council to sign up to a boycott of Israel and say you will pursue it in parliament and then try to wriggle out of it in a state election six months later. You deserve what you get.
It is the Green Party which takes voters for granted, they who live off spin and make-believe and want to skate through without policy detail. I will cheer when a newspaper or TV station insists on breaking into one of those closed Green Party conferences ( must be closed – I never see them reported ) and giving the voters some account of how this outfit makes policy.
Maybe that will now happen.