Saturday 23rd of August 2014

the greens have lost ground in aussie politics...

a green milne...

Are the Greens finished? The Sun Herald’s Andrew Bolt thinks so. “They are the party for dreamers, not doers,” he says. “Playing with real power has destroyed them.”

Writing in the Conversation, Michelle Grattan says the Greens are now generally on the back foot, widely seen as too hardline and uncompromising. ”It is time for the Greens to do some fundamental thinking about their future.”

Most commentary on the Greens’ performance focuses on political and policy specifics: Bob Brown’s resignationpreference deals, power-sharing and so on. There are other explanations.

Modern politics is not responding adequately to the contemporary human predicament. Less than a third of Australians think quality of life is getting better; more think it is getting worse. This is a foundational feature of politics today, both transcending it and yet also shaping it, but it is widely ignored by politicians and political commentators.

Work and family pressures, greed, consumerism and the cost of living are among the more obvious reasons for this dissatisfaction. But beyond these are deeply existential questions relating to identity, belonging and purpose: who am I? Why am I here?

Modern western nations like Australia do poorly in this area, with too much emphasis on transient personal attributes (money, looks, popularity, status), and too little on deep and enduring personal and social relationships.

Then there are threats of global warming, biodiversity loss and natural resource depletion (including energy, food and water security) – all underestimated by governments.

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For Gus it's quite simple: in Politics, its all to do with Personality, Policies, Power and Performance... (apart from the hand in the cookie jar...). At the moment the Greens have been a disappointment on all four...

When Milne did a deal with Joe Hockey about "raising the debt ceiling" I though "what a cow! Make Joe sweat! Don't give him any Kudos THAT HE DOES NOT NEED..." If it had been a male Green leader doing this caper I would have though "what an idiot" or "BLOODY loony bastard". Thus my reaction was quite sexist... or was it? A spade and a shovel,  what's the dif?...

All I though after that episode of selling out to Joe is that the Greens were going to go down the gurgler... The Greens also misread the foot-in-the-door value of Rudd's ETS (It was poor, I know but better than NOTHING and it led to the ascension of Tony Abbott who sidelined Turnbull).... Thus my reaction in regard to the deal with Joe has nothing to do with the sex of fish. That was BAD POLICY. Expedient, but bad as one cannot trust the Liberals (CONservatives) one iota.

On the Personality level, Milne is not inspiring. Sorry. One needs a leader who has a bit more charisma without bordering on being a sociopath (You know who I mean).

Thus with these two items already, the Greens have lost traction. The important issues have been diluted by other items as well. No Power, lousy Performance follow — in a world when one has to push harder and harder to be heard, seen and even reported in the Aussie media, one needs boots... I know, the Aussie media is more a smelly mierda pit than a news provider. And this is not due to most journalists. The media has been infiltrated by loud mouths and thuggish spruikers who don't know much (if anything), but sing and repeat the same refrain like drunker sailors: "Labor is shit, the Libs are tops and the Greens are gone"... Repeat after meeeeee....

According to Gus' moon calendar of the druids in session and that of the equinox, It's time to have a change of Green leadership. Bloodless. Rotational event. The Greens need to rattle themselves a bit. Shake the cobwebs... Milne should voluntarily pass the stick. Place another woman at the head by all means — a woman with a voice prepared to shake the apple tree and MAKE NO DEAL with the Libs... Silly! Or a man with a voice... Who knows, he may have no qualms at kicking Tony in the political gonads.


Scott Ludlam to lead the Greens?...

Paul Sheehan points out that voters are turning away from the Greens in droves and goes on to assert that Greens senators such as Scott Ludlam continue to diminish themselves in the eyes of the wider electorate by resorting to ''political pornography'' as he so colourfully describes it (''King of the trolls stripped bare'', March 24).

Sheehan is right about the failing Greens' message however crudely he paints it.

The Greens have indeed diminished themselves across the board, not because of ''mud-slinging'' or ''political pornography'' but because they no longer focus their fight on the ''greatest moral issue of our time'': responses to human-induced climate change.

The Greens had political force under Bob Brown and his chief-of-staff Ben Oquist who positioned their party to refocus a nation on the emerging big issue of the 21st century. They succeeded spectacularly only to be undone by pushing it a little too far in rejecting what should have been the apex of their achievement: the proposed emissions trading scheme under Rudd with Turnbull support.After that egregious error the Greens struggled in a rearguard action to legislate the carbon tax which disillusioned voters with its compromises and political vulnerability. The dynamic duo of Bob and Ben retired from the fray after many years on the front lines and the new recruits seem confused and ineffective without them.

It seems clear that the Greens need to get back on that ''big issue'' message or they will die as a political force. An ignoble end for a noble crew.

Simeon Glasson Elizabeth Bay

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May I propose Scott Ludlam to lead the Greens?... He has the Presence and Performance as well as "Persistence". he is also very clear in his Presentation of ideas and issues... Just a thought... Hopefully, he is genuine. 

green numbers to be painted with a fresh coat...

Christine Milne has called for a complete overhaul of the Greens' constitution to focus on winning more federal seats.

Milne described the Greens' constitution as outdated at the party’s national council and said it should be changed to harness non-member supporters, which formed an important part of the recent WA election result.

The Greens attracted a 5.9% swing in the primary vote, compared with a 5% swing against the Liberals and a 4.8% swing against the Labor Party. The Palmer United Party attracted a 7.4% swing.

Milne said the party harnessed thousands of volunteers in the WA Senate re-run to hand out voting cards, knock on doors and operate phone banks to call voters.

Milne is hoping to use the momentum to drive internal reform of the party, which she believes is critical to produce stable growth in the party’s electoral fortunes.

When Milne became leader in 2012, she outlined a preference for a stronger cabinet-based approach as opposed to a high profile leader.

When the new senate sits in July, the Greens will have 10 senators and a lower house member. Seven of the 11 representatives are women. The Greens claim to have 11,000 members across Australia, while the Liberal Party is estimated between 40-50,000 including the Liberal National Party in Queensland. Labor party numbers are estimated at 40,000.