Endangered Victorian Local Government and Housing minister Richard Wynne has told Labor colleagues that his Socialist Left factionâ€™s campaign in the federal seat of Melbourne was its â€œbest everâ€.
The Greens party won the seat, with a ten per cent swing against accomplished Labor candidate Cath Bowtell. A woman w
Wynne told senior Labor figures over the past week and this weekend that the campaign run by the SL was â€œthe best theyâ€™d ever run.â€
He perfectly represents the delusion and impotence of some in the ALP who have claimed the inner-city as their own since triumphing over Labor moderates by means of ethnic branch-stacking in the 1970s.
The world has changed.
If Wynne doesnâ€™t comprehend that their campaign in Melbourne failed, then he should get out of the way. His approach, his strategy has failed. In his seat of Richmond, he is a sitting duck.
You cannot defeat an opponent whose policies are unscrutinised. You cannot defeat the Greens by being a pale imitation of them, begging to be considered somehow equally progressive. You cannot be held hostage on what sort of campaign should be run by Greens party supporters at the increasingly irrelevant Age newspaper.
Only when the opponents of the Greens party are willing to call them out on their policy extremism can they be defeated.
The voters who are going to be offended by telling the truth about the Greens are â€“ you guessed it â€“ already voting for them.
These things are obvious from the cheap seats. In the trenches though, Laborâ€™s beseiged inner-urban left cannot or will not accept these inconvenient truths.
MORE THAN LABORâ€™S LEFT WHO ARE AT RISK
It gets worse.
Political number-crunchers tell VEXNEWS on the weekendâ€™s numbers, the extreme-left Greens party could win not only four Labor seats (with Liberal preferences) but could also win the Liberal held seats of Hawthorn and Kew (with Labor preferences).
This is getting beyond a joke.
While we believe Ted Baillieu has been a dismal leader of the Liberal party and is central to the reason why the Libs arenâ€™t soaring ahead in the polls. He is not our kind of Liberal.
But as much as donâ€™t like noblesse oblige politics, and look forward to the rise of the Krogerities, if his party is elected at the next state election AND he is not because the Labor preferenced the Libs to elect some no-name Greens hippy, that would clearly be a massively destabilising blow against our system of democracy.
The simple fact is that Baillieu â€“ as against the Greens party â€“ is in a marginal seat, not a safe seat as some have previously believed. Hawthorn is safe against Labor. But itâ€™s clearly not safe against the Greens party, particularly in this political environment where they will obtain swings of as much as 10%. In Kooyong, where the Greens didnâ€™t do a lot, they got a 7% swing to them.
Assuming that kind of swing, or more, the Greens will comfortably pull ahead of Labor in Hawthorn and be very close indeed to knocking off Ted Baillieu, with Labor preferences.
He too is a sitting duck, squarely in the sights of Greens party apparatchiks.
In these circumstances, it is wholly inappropriate for the ALP to preference the extreme-left Greens ahead of the Liberals.
Just as inappropriate as it is for the Liberals to preference the extreme-left Greens ahead of the ALP.
They have played with fire long enough. Now it is the Australian people who will get burned. Burned by the massive tax burden the Greens party want to impose on high-income earners, those who die and all Australian industry and electricity users. Burned by ill-considered policies like stripping private health insurance and independent schools of billions, burned by heroin injecting rooms, burned by extreme positions like closing selective schools, closing our Zoos, closing the only Australian facility that makes radio-medicines that combat cancer. They even sell their policies to vested interest groups: they support the removal of the tough cop on the beat in the construction industry (the ABCC) and in return received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the CFMEU and ETU and other unions who would benefit from its removal. It would no doubt be deemed corruption if Labor did it.
DONâ€™T MOURN, ORGANISE
Labor and its Left faction has a lot to process after the weekend.
They are grieving.
And rightly so.
They have failed to comprehend the threat against them. They have not had the will to do what is needed to be done to defeat an opponent clearly on their left.
They are in denial.
They have squandered the political inheritance of Labor and handed it to an extreme-left party that is in many respects diametrically opposed to the interests and aspirations of working people.
But the truth is that Labor still got more votes than an uncriticised Greens party.
The truth is the Greens stand for policies that are supported by a tiny proportion of the Australian people. There is a mismatch where their support way exceeds the support for their policies.
This mismatch will inevitably be corrected.
But the current approach of Laborâ€™s Left in this seat has failed. It is time they thought very carefully about the future. They need to lead, follow or get out of the way as the labour movement responds to the greatest internal threat it has faced since the Communist Party controlled many of its key trade unions.
We hope Laborâ€™s inner-city Left know the final words of a controversial and executed unionist much quoted in song and verse â€œDonâ€™t mourn, organise.â€
Itâ€™s nearly enough to make me pack in this journalism gig and man/staff the barricades once again.
I have never been troubled about politics in Australia than I am right now.
A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO AUSTRALIA
This is serious.
Itâ€™s one thing for Tony Abbott or Julia GIllard to win an election.
You know what youâ€™ll get. Some things you donâ€™t like. Some faces you canâ€™t stand on one side or another.
But the Greens party is different.
They are no less than a threat to the Australian way of life. A threat to our economy. A danger to jobs. A risk to everything our forebears have built and died for. 88% of Australians didnâ€™t and wonâ€™t vote for them but they are now in a position to dictate what legislation will be allowed to pass our Parliament. Even who shall form a government. Their vote is concentrated in the inner-city, meaning that even with a small proportion of the country supporting them, they are now in a position to be over-represented.
And the major parties â€“ Labor and Liberal â€“ continue to hand preferences to them via how-to-vote cards. Labor preferenced them in the Senate. The Liberals elected them in Melbourne.
Where will it end?
Where it could end is that the inner-cities of our country â€“ where the Greens party enjoy strong but still minority support â€“ could end up being dominated by a far-left party with extreme demands. And our Parliaments and government held hostage by the generation of extreme-leftist who have taken over the Greens political party.
And because itâ€™s happened gradually, both parties are still blind to the threat. Itâ€™s not just a threat to Laborâ€™s Left. Or Liberal leadership. Itâ€™s a threat to all of us.