In an article published in The Australian on Friday,
Communist Party Greens leader Christine Milne poses the question, “Politics with integrity or compromising people’s lives?” What follows is essentially a discourse of evidence as to why the Greens are totally unfit for office.
It’s no surprise, but Senator Milne has written a dishonest, misleading and self-serving piece on behalf of her ghastly party; one which serves to distort the reality and public expectations of various issues, whilst attempting to make mileage from the very things she claims her “caring” party is above the politics of when — in fact — it is as guilty as sin in terms of its attempts to push a narrow and ideologically driven agenda.
You can read the Senator’s article here; we are however going to pick it apart, paragraph by paragraph, and so this could be a lengthy post.
And the politicking starts with the very first sentence: an accusation of ALP disloyalty being a gift to the Liberals, because Sam Dastyari had the temerity to publicly question Labor’s snug relationship with the Greens, followed by moralising waffle about this being typical of the reasons people generally are disaffected with politics in this country.
Well, I’m sorry, Christine — Dastyari and most of his colleagues weren’t even consulted when his leadership foisted its alliance with the Greens on them; it seems only fair that he, and others with more brains than some, should have their say.
Especially as Green policies are killing Labor’s political prospects, Christine. Especially as the Greens killed the prospects in Tasmania of Labor in 1992 and the Liberals in 1998, as state governments that had allied with you went to elections and were slaughtered.
And especially, Christine, since we live in a democracy — something you, yourself, proclaim we should remember how lucky we are to do so.
I think Greens see democracy as a relative concept: appropriate when they get what they want, and an outrage against everything and anything when they don’t.
Remember, this is the party that cooked up the plan to refuse to allow an Abbott government to implement its policies, irrespective of the Liberals’ winning margin next year; I wonder if the likes of Christine Milne — with her stout declaration on democracy — have ever heard the words “popular mandate.”
But I digress. Milne continues:
“Most of us can’t imagine what would make someone so desperate that they would leave everything behind, fleeing persecution or the threat of death, and board a dangerous, overcrowded boat in the hope of a future worth living. But, if we put ourselves in their shoes, we will realise that sending them ‘anywhere else but here’ will not save their lives.”
I’ll tell you what would make people that desperate, Christine: people smugglers. That’s right, the scum of humanity that take the final ducats of the desperate and send them adrift in search of mostly empty promises that can never be delivered.
A bleeding heart and a lot of long-winded babble might be a suitable prerequisite for Greens membership, Christine, but they don’t equate to knowing everything.
And specifically, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that if those desperate people know that there is guaranteed asylum onshore in Australia — as per your naive and ill-informed policies, Christine — it will simply drive more and more people to take the risk. The only winners will be among the human filth who profit from trafficking them.
And on she goes…
“As Indonesian human rights lawyer Febi Yonesta said, people who have no hope and no rights will keep trying to get on boats. The best way to stop people risking their lives is to give them hope of a safer pathway to a better life. That means massively increasing the number of refugees we resettle and the funding we give the UN High Commission for Refugees in Indonesia and Malaysia, working to combat corruption in Indonesian ports, and prioritising safety of life at sea.”
Your mate Febi might be right, Christine, but you certainly aren’t. Where is the causal link between desperate people resorting to desperate measures, and your immediate segue to a purported obligation on Australia to hike the refugee intake, to throw money at Indonesia and Malaysia via the United Nations, and to interfere in domestic governance within Indonesia?
This country already undertakes and maintains a generous refugee resettlement program; we know your party wants Australia’s borders thrown open to all comers, Christine, but remember that democracy we’re all so lucky to live in? Where everyone, just like Sam Dastyari, is allowed to have their opinion?
Well, the bad news for you, Christine, is that the overwhelming majority of your countryfolk do not want the borders thrown open; nor do they want the refugee program exponentially expanded.
Like any good little hardcore Leftie, you like to hide behind the United Nations, don’t you, Christine? The UN might do a lot of good in many ways, but it is not the cornerstone of this country’s immigration policies, and should never become so.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, Christine, your beloved Malaysia has agreed to be a party to an arrangement with the ALP that effectively makes Australia the dumping ground for its own unwanted arrivals. Would you like to elaborate further on how Malaysia figures in your plans, Christine?
Alternatively, perhaps you could outline the Greens’ policy on corruption in Indonesian ports and how you propose to combat it, Christine. I could do with an after-dinner laugh. Needless to say, you haven’t even contemplated the possibility that wars start over the sort of actions that you appear to advocate, Christine.
And she goes on further…
“In the renewed discussion about the choices the Greens make in the parliament, it is disturbing that so much has focused not on whether “compromising” would save lives but on how our choice would affect Labor’s political fortunes. One of the most difficult choices that cross-bench MPs have to make is how far to compromise to deliver outcomes that may bring change for the better for people, as against when to say that the offer on the table will only compromise people’s lives.”
You think you’re clever, don’t you, Christine; that your semantic games will hoodwink just enough people. Of course what the Greens do in parliament is going to be viewed through the prism of Labor’s political fortunes; after all, everything else your party has foisted on the ALP has been political poison. Like the carbon tax.
And I love the little two-step pirouette, Christine; suddenly, you speak merely of “cross-bench MPS” rather than “Greens” in reflecting how far an appropriate compromise might go as opposed to what clearly is your intended message that the Greens are beyond compromise.
For someone who’s been around as long as you have, Christine, I’m surprised you haven’t learnt that politics demands compromise. Not all the time, and not on every issue, but often, it’s the cost of doing business: to get some of what you want, imperfect as it may seem, Christine, as opposed to getting 100% of nothing.
But then again, Christine — speaking philosophically, of course — I’m sure you’d agree that looking back over history, from Soviet Russia and its evil empire to the China of Deng Xiaoping, and to countless other less-prominent but equally hardline regimes across the years and around the world, that socialism really is an inflexible beast, isn’t it, Christine?
It’s much easier to pack your bat and ball and go home; to be obstructive rather than contribute anything meaningful just because — like a spoilt brat wired on red cordial — you can’t get what you want.
Isn’t it, Christine?
Well, perhaps not, because Senator Milne continues with a justification:
“This is a balancing act the Greens take very seriously, cross-examining policy detail, talking to experts and people who will be affected by our decision. We ask: will our choice deliver a better quality of life for people now and into the future, or will it jeopardise it, now or across time?”
This sounds very noble, Christine; in fact, I’d almost be inclined to believe you were it not for the fact that every one of your policies lifts straight out of the hardcore ideology of the hard Left.
Talk the Greens might, Christine, and call the process as balanced as you like, but there’s nothing in your policies for anyone to the right of a social democrat, is there, Christine? There’s 60% of the population gone, at a stroke!
Seriously though, readers, I’m so moved by the Senator’s stated concern to consult, to inform her party of all shades of opinion and of all outcomes, and to be a force for good, that I’m just going to get the Kleenex.
What poppycock…and again, bleeding heart and senseless compassion might be well and noble, but in the real world, utopia doesn’t exist, and the rest of us with feet planted firmly on the ground don’t need the likes of Senator Milne and her band of communists trying to level us out.
On we go again…
“But it is remarkable how many commentators opine that the Greens should have ditched policy evidence and our principles on tackling global warming and protecting refugees, not because we were wrong but because these controversial issues needed to be taken off the political agenda as they damage the ALP.”
Methinks thou doth protest too much, Christine; here you go again, referencing the political damage your policies are inflicting on the Labor Party. Someone has to take responsibility for them, right? Your party held a gun to the ALP’s throat to get a lot of this stuff legislated, Christine. Yet the Greens skip off quietly and let Labor take the rap.
That’s not very sporting is it, Christine?
(And interestingly enough, it’s at this point in her article that Milne skips away from boat arrivals and refugees, and onto global warming).
After all, it’s not smart to stay in the one spot for too long — someone might have time to tear your arguments to shreds if you don’t change the subject. Right, Christine?
And down the new path she skips…
“The idea that the Greens voted down Kevin Rudd’s fatally flawed carbon pollution reduction scheme, or Julia Gillard and Abbott’s proposals, for political reasons, to push away desperate people seeking refuge shows how far away from integrity and reality the old parties have gone.”
Come on, Christine! I’ll slip you the wink and you can give me the nudge, but we both know the Greens voted down all those bills precisely for political reasons.
Then again, part of the Green ruse is to play the “non-politician,” isn’t it Christine? Greens couldn’t possibly be politicians, even if they raise campaign funds, stand at elections, get MPs into Parliament, have their own policies and agendas…
Oooh, wait, the Greens aren’t like the “old parties” are they, Christine? I’ll tell you one thing: they can plagiarise ideas just as well as anyone else.
Perhaps you don’t remember, Christine, but in the British general election debates of 2010, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg coined the phrase “the two old parties;” does this ring any bells, Christine?
Clegg — the leader of a party which is the remnant of the British Liberal Party, dating back to Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount of Palmerston, who was Britain’s first Liberal Prime Minister from 1859 to 1865 — enunciated the pretence that his party was new, when it was nothing of the kind.
Pray tell, Christine, what are the historical roots of your party? It’s not an account of recent history at all, is it, Christine? But plagiarising speeches can be a new skill every day; it’s just a matter of perspective. Wouldn’t you agree, Christine?
And on she runs…
“On climate change, our action has already been vindicated, with the introduction of a price on pollution that is far more ambitious and gives industry far greater certainty than Rudd’s. The $10 billion renewable energy fund and an independent expert body to recommend how fast and deep to cut pollution are benefits the Greens brought to the policy.”
So what are you squawking about, Christine? You got your way on “a price on pollution,” yet you don’t like the scrutiny being focused on Labor’s political prospects? You don’t like the consideration being given to the damage this and other lunatic policies, straight from the Greens’ communist, socialist handbook is doing to your “allies” over at the ALP?
How smug of you to accuse Sam Dastyari of this and that, just because he can see exactly what the lay of the land is. Could it be, Christine, that you lead a party of hypocrisy?
But you are right in your own way, Christine: your carbon tax does give industry far more certainty than the earlier policy of Rudd’s did — it makes the economic damage generally, and the impact on businesses specifically, that much more severe than Rudd’s policy would have done.
That policy was flawed too, Christine, but yours takes all the worst bits of it and makes them worse again.
Did I mention the notion of heads wedged up rectums, Christine?
I only mention it now, Christine, because you go on to mention an “independent expert body” being a “benefit” of your policy. You and I know, Christine, that the “experts” you allude to are only “experts” if they go along with the “science.”
Anyone else is “a denier,” “a sceptic,” or just plain stupid.
Aren’t they, Christine?
And whilst we’re on it, perhaps you could explain why anyone should believe that the $10 billion renewable energy fund will be anything other than the rest of the so-called green initiatives that have been no more than a massive rort of taxpayer funds, and misspent money to boot: Green Loans, Cash for Clunkers, Pink Batts…just to name a few, Christine.
And then, for a bit of fancy footwork:
“On refugees, the community is recognising that the practical, compassionate and legal plan the Greens have put forward is the one that will save lives, and we are working hard to build the political will to implement it. More and more Australians remember that, despite mythology, after John Howard introduced mandatory indefinite detention, temporary protection visas and deportation to Nauru, 353 people drowned when SIEV X sank. Howard could claim he “stopped the boats” only because he excluded from our immigration zone the parts of our nation refugees came to, “redefining” 1600 asylum-seekers out of existence.”
Hate to contradict you, Christine, but they’re not recognising that at all; the wider public — as has been recorded in countless reputable opinion surveys — blame the government for the problem, they hold the Left generally responsible for the dismantling of Howard’s Pacific Solution, and they are opposed to onshore processing of unauthorised boat arrivals.
Since you raise it — and at the risk of sounding hard of heart to someone as compassionate as yourself — the incident involving the SIEV X illustrated precisely why something had to be done to stop people arriving by boat in this fashion. As I said earlier, to adopt your approach, Christine — to guarantee asylum and processing onshore — will simply ensure many thousand more people will risk their lives to access something you want to offer as standard.
Work to build the political will to implement whatever you like, Christine, but the day the ALP is no longer dependent on you to form a government, your party won’t have the political means with which to implement anything.
Which is probably just as well, given she goes on to say
“The Greens bring integrity to legislative negotiations. From the stimulus package to workplace relations to private health insurance and much more, we have improved and then passed hundreds of bills that made life better for people. Look at the down-payment on our goal of getting dental care into Medicare. See the recent carve-out for green buildings from the increase to overseas investment withholding tax, which has injected $2bn into the construction industry.”
So…from helping rack up billions in foreign debt, turning the clock back 30 years on industrial relations, helping to engineer rising costs of living for Australians in terms of healthcare and from presumably others among the “hundreds of bills” you refer to, Christine, the Greens have made life better for people?
What integrity is there in the deliberate and systematic railroading of the 89% of Australians who didn’t vote Green, Christine? The people who didn’t want, don’t want, and will never want the socialist nirvana your party seeks to inflict on them?
Milne’s remarks conclude thus:
“Despite the attacks, millions of Australians recognise that only the Greens have the integrity to face up to today’s challenges with practical, responsible action.”
Really? As we speak, millions of Australians are lining up to gift the biggest election win in Australian political history to the conservative parties; and based on reputable research, the Green vote is stagnant from the last federal election — and that’s an indictment, given that in ordinary circumstances the Greens would benefit from some of the movement away from Labor, but on this occasion, they aren’t.
People, can I just say that politics is politics; there are good and bad ideas and people and political practitioners, and it doesn’t matter what cloak the bad ones try to don: a bad idea is a bad idea, and the Greens are full of them.
Senator Milne’s article does not lend one shred of credibility to her party, its policies and its actions; but in seeking to put the spotlight on the ALP for daring to consider breaking ranks, she has instead attracted its glare onto her own party.
The Greens may well win the Melbourne by-election in Victoria next weekend; I believe they will do so, but only because there is no Liberal candidate to direct the preferences of 30% of voters somewhere other than to the Green candidate.
In closing, however, I simply say that anybody who believes the type of pap being spouted by Milne and her cronies — not least, the sort of stuff that found its way into The Australian last week — should think again.
And frankly, anyone seriously considering voting for the Greens needs their head examined.