Chris Collalilo rebuts the idea that the Australian Greens have had a positive effect on politics in Australia.
The Australian Greens have enjoyed political ascendancy since the 1990’s and it would appear that environmentalism has been advocated as their core policy since then. That is if we take this movement at face value. Over the years and even more so recently, it has become somewhat fashionable for people to vote Green despite not knowing what they really stand for. The Greens appeal to the inner-city latte-sipping elites, but whether this is the party that really represents their interests, or the interests of any Australians, is called into question.
The Greens are a facade: Watermelons. They are green on the outside, red on the inside. The Greens have been hijacked by Marxists, who have used this movement to advance their own cause. They have a desire to trash Australia’s political and economic institutions and install a new regime through coercing others to adopt their beliefs. A political party like the Greens that is so far to the Left cannot possibly emulate the beliefs of freedom of speech and democracy, for which they claim to advocate.
Not only do we witness the Greens holding contradictory stances, but we are alerted to the sheer ineptitude of this party’s ability to formulate a coherent policy. What is evidently lacking is common sense. The proposal for a 50% corporate tax is unrealistic because it removes the incentive for people to expand their businesses and produce more; as well as to employ more people. If this level of taxation were to be implemented, we would see mass redundancies as well as a lower supply of goods and services being produced. In the area of climate change, an ambitious emissions abatement scheme which includes a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 is just what Australia needs if it wants to export jobs overseas and increase overall world carbon emissions.The Greens stand for contradictory positions. A classic example is their aspiration for Australia engaging in multilateral trade agreements between us and other nations, yet on the other hand they want to protect Australian industries from foreign competition – a direct breach of many multilateral trade agreements. The contradictions do not end here though. Greens policy advocates a small Australia with a ‘sustainable’ population, yet they support the idea of every asylum seeker being granted permanent residency in Australia. How they will properly regulate Australia’s population is a mystery.
The collective, coercive mentality of the Greens does not allow for any questioning of their policies. Everyone is expected to adhere to the gospel of the parliamentary Greens team, lest they be ridiculed as heartless and anti-environmentalist. The purity of the Greens’ leadership was on display recently when Bob Brown claimed that coal mining companies were directly responsible for the floods in Queensland, and went as far as to demand that they pay for the damage caused by the cyclone. There were few who dismissed these remarks as absurd. This is the result of an unhealthy attitude that has developed amongst politicians and members of the public to refrain from speaking out against their ludicrous proposals.
As they are not a major political party, perhaps they are not taken seriously enough to focus one’s attention on. However, in the last two federal elections, the Greens vote has increased and this has resulted in the Greens holding the balance of power in the Senate as of July 2011. With a policy manifesto aforementioned, Australians should have good reason to be concerned about their influence on the minority Labor government. Green influence on the federal government will only increase over the course of this term and is a direct threat to the government’s political standing and the nation’s prosperity.
Although the Greens are the most Marxist-oriented political party that has representation in Parliament, their support base has on average, a higher income per capita than any other political party’s support base. The inner-city lifestyles of their most vocal constituency are exactly what the Greens are trying to eradicate, yet they garner a large portion of their support from these people.
Politics is about the battle of ideas and the art of persuasion. The Greens’ policy proposals have not been considered or debated properly, yet they have managed to persuade more than 1/10 people to vote for them.
Until leading political figures from the two major parties start consistently revealing the Greens for what they really are, it is possible that the Greens could secure 15% of the primary vote at the next federal election – a concerning result.