October 01, 2004


Greens holy man Bob Brown: "We are the people's party."

Greens polling: between 7 per cent and 10 per cent.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 1, 2004 05:05 AM

I've always thought that if aliens from outer space wanted to infiltrate a political party and use it to destroy our civilization, so that they could conquer us and force us to to work in their vegemite mines, the party they would use would be the Greens.

I mean, they wouldn't even have to change the platform, would they?


Posted by: Jay at October 1, 2004 at 05:12 AM

If 90-93% of people are not people, then that would make 7-10% of people, people. As such Bob Brown is correct in his assertions.

Posted by: Adrian at October 1, 2004 at 05:34 AM

ANY antics by the Green Party anywhere is only to be expected. The Greens, were founded (Germany) in the backdraft of the '60s wackery by two poster wackos, the young daughter of an American Air Force Colonel and her Luftwaffe Brigadier boyfriend. About twenty years ago they committed mutual suicide - but the mindless expanding damage had already been done.

Posted by: Gerry at October 1, 2004 at 06:03 AM

My tip has the Greens failing to hold their gains from last election. Why ? Cause they were the beneficiares of disaffected Laborites in despair at Beasley's 'me too', small target strategy.

In Latham, this block once again see real differentiation in Labor policies and will return, at the expense of the Greens. Enjoy it while you can Bob.

Posted by: jafa at October 1, 2004 at 07:20 AM

But does this mean that only Greens can become Soylent Green?

For as we all know 'Soylent Green is _____ ! '

Posted by: Adriane at October 1, 2004 at 07:49 AM

If the ALP wins and the Greens have the balance of power, just imagine! We'll have the People's Republic of Australia.

Posted by: Gnu Hunter at October 1, 2004 at 08:35 AM

The Democratic People's Republic of Australia. Maybe we could develop a nuke program and claim that US aggression is the root cause. Bob's up to it.

Posted by: Al Bundy at October 1, 2004 at 08:43 AM

Mock the Greens if you will, but without loonies like them I'd hate to think what the major political parties' environmental policies would be like.

Without any spice, the whole world would be vanilla...

Posted by: Mr T at October 1, 2004 at 09:57 AM

Trouble is Mr T, the Greens are where mobs like the old Socialist Workers Party went to hide
and are now wagging the dog.

Posted by: TT at October 1, 2004 at 11:12 AM

Vote for the Greens.Let them win the balance of power in the Senate and a couple of Lower house seats as well.Watch the Greens self destruct in much the same way as One Nation did.In Tasmania when they were last in a pivotal role one State Labor premier chose opposition to government because he had already a taste of what it was like trying to govern with a bunch of pyschopathic marxists.Give them an opportunity to show their real colours and even our hopelessly biased media won't be able to cover up for them any longer.

Posted by: gubbaboy at October 1, 2004 at 11:33 AM

Mr T, sh*t can spoil the nice vanilla flavour too!

I wonder sometimes if having a few more greens elected wouldn't be a bad thing. Lots of people thought Pauline Hanson was the messiah while she was standing on the sidelines carping. When some of them got in & people realised that they were just plain mental, support fell. I see the greens as the one nation of the left. Maybe they really do deserve a chance to show us how f*cked it would be if they ever got some real power.

Posted by: Gibbo at October 1, 2004 at 11:35 AM

Problem is that tyhe Greens will do a lot of damage if they hold ballance of power.

Posted by: Niobe at October 1, 2004 at 11:42 AM

If the Greens get the balance of power, we'll have a double dissolution in short order.


Posted by: Australian Elvis at October 1, 2004 at 11:49 AM

The sad thing is that a lot of not-happy-John Liberal voters who can't bear to vote Labour, will vote for the Greens just to teach Howard a lesson. However, they'll be the first to scream if Bob and Merry Kettle get the chance to implement any of their policies through an ALP coalition.

Posted by: freddyboy at October 1, 2004 at 12:21 PM

Yep, some of their policies are pretty wishy washy, but seen as the democrats have self destructed (thanks meg lees) there is no other viable left wing part for people to vote for.

But, if they hold a couple of senate spots, more power to them. I feel that the senate shouldn't be just a rubber stamp for the house of reps.

Posted by: Andy at October 1, 2004 at 04:02 PM

Andy, it's all well and good to say that the senate shouldn't be a rubber stamp but it also shouldn't be obstructionist or just a plain old blockage and this is where the greens show their true colours. Genuine independants are open to reasonable negotiation from time to time but the greens just say no to everything the government puts forward. I think there is something to be said for giving a government the right to govern. If they go too stupid (Gough), we can ditch 'em quick enough.

Posted by: Gibbo at October 1, 2004 at 05:28 PM

Jeezus, if the Greens are the answer, we're asking the wrong bloody questions!!!!

Posted by: BruceT at October 1, 2004 at 07:39 PM

Hey, if you really want to understand green politics and where its sits on the left-right spectrum, check out wikipedia's excellent entry, which has some great external links also:

Posted by: Greg McPherson at October 1, 2004 at 08:18 PM

Sorry, here's the link: ">

Posted by: Greg McPherson at October 1, 2004 at 08:19 PM

Hence the problem with the Dems self destruction.

The Greens are the only major minor party left, so they will get a few seats in the senate.

And hopefully get rid of Malcom Turnball, not for his choice of political party, but becasue it's him.

Posted by: Andy at October 2, 2004 at 01:43 PM