A confidential document obtained by VEXNEWS reveals that aggressive climate change militants will be campaigning to cost Labor seats at the next state and federal elections because they say it “has been capture(sic) by the fossil fuel lobby and big business.”
The leader of the militant tendency Melbourne Climate Campaign Group, Adrian Whitehead has told his minions:
There will be no point of negotiation: we will be seeking to unseat the sitting Labor candidates…
The email explains his targets include Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner’s seat in Melbourne, state Education Minister Bronwyn Pike in the state seat, Carlo Carli in Brunswick and Local Government minister Richard Wynne in Richmond.
Somewhat ironically the avowedly anti-Labor militants meet at Victoria’s Trades Hall, the building owned by the peak body of the state’s trade union movement.
While the email doesn’t make it clear, it appears the militant group is unhappy with the size of the government’s proposed Emissions Trading Scheme, that appears increasingly unlikely to be passed in the Senate anyway.
From: Greenleap On Behalf Of Adrian Whitehead
Sent: Monday, 2 March 2009 8:59 AM
To: Greenleap members
Subject: [greenleap] Labor likely to loose (sic) seats at next elections due to climate change.
Labor is likely to loose at least one federal seat and a number of Victorian state seats at the 2010 elections after a meeting in Melboure (sic)
of climate and political activists committed to campaign against Labor due to it’s (sic) failure on the issue of climate change.
The meeting, which was held on February the 18th, consisted of climate activists, members from local climate action groups, student campaigners, union members, and members from progressive political parties.
The meeting decided that the Rudd Government, despite being elected with support from the climate movement and despite a strong mandate to take significant action on climate change, has been capture (sic) by the fossil fuel lobby and big business. The Rudd Government has failed the Australian people and the global community on developing goals and policy that will actually help avoid a run away climate event.
The meeting decided to commence its campaign immediately with the formation of a Melbourne Climate Campaign Group and a second meeting to help coordinate activities across a number of Federal and State seats where climate campaigns will be run.
The campaign will differ from previous election campaigns run because we will be holding Labor to account for its failure to implement a climate emergency response. There will be no point of negotiation: we will be seeking to unseat the sitting Labor candidates and hand the seats to progressive parties with stronger climate policies.
In Victoria, the Federal seat of Melbourne is only held by Labor’s Lindsay Tanner by 2.35% from the Greens, while State Labor seats are also vulnerable: Melbourne 2.0% ; Brunswick 3.6%; and Richmond 3.7% to the Greens.
In Sydney two seats may come into play, Sydney and Grayndler, if the Greens can out poll the Liberals and Labor’s primary vote falls.
In addition the campaign will be see as an important opportunity to grow the Climate Emergency Movement.
The next meeting of the Melbourne Climate Campaign Group is being held at the Climate Action Centre, Level 5, Annex Building Trades Hall, 6pm, Wednesday the 4th of March.