They use this lie to intimidate foes – particular in Labor’s Left – from taking them on.
In truth, the Greens party is an extreme-left party with an anti-Labor attack agenda that would put Tony Abbott at his most effectively pugilistic.Â Naturally, they hate the Liberals too although donâ€™t waste too much time ripping in to them.
Negativity is in the Greensâ€™ DNA. They were founded by environmental protesters opposed to development. They have been over-run by leftists opposed toÂ market capitalism. It stands to reason that much of what they have to say is an attack on major parties and perhaps more ominously on the lifestyle of the millions of Australians who want to live on a quarter acre and grow a lawn without guilt, donâ€™t want $10K per annum electricity bills and 50% marginal tax rates with death duties, choose to drive to work, reserve the right to go hunting or fishing and donâ€™t want street prostitutes or injecting rooms changing the character of their neighbourhoods.
Let’s look at one Greens party candidate in the looming , Anne Martinelli, a paid consultant to the environment industry running in Northcote and a mum of two. Look at a picture of her, butter (organic) wouldn’t melt in her mouth. But then check out the venom and vitriol that spews out of it. Hereâ€™s the complete and unedited exposition of Ms Martinelliâ€™s â€˜policiesâ€™ on the Greens party website. As youâ€™ll most of it is an attack:
Whether itâ€™s transport or planning, water or climate change, early childhood education or housing affordability, we have a State Government that keeps throwing the same old, quick-fixes at every problem that comes along. (NEGATIVE)
How is it that after a decade in Government, we have lots of new roads but are still waiting for a rail extension to South Morang that would ease commuter traffic through Northcote?Â (NEGATIVE)
Why is it that ordinary citizens have to put their lives on hold to fight inappropriate developments because we donâ€™t have a planning system to guide development with clear and consistent rules we can trust? (NEGATIVE)
How come every time State Government real estate becomes available â€“ land that could become open space to compensate for the increasing density of our city â€“ we are asked to â€˜buyâ€™ it again, when we already own it? (NEGATIVE â€“ EVEN IF BARELY COMPREHENSIBLE)
How can the Brumby Government claim to support equity for the gay and lesbian community while refusing to endorse same-sex marriage? (NEGATIVE)
And what can you say about a situation where our coal-fired electricity factories in the Latrobe Valley use vast quantities of water, while just 100 km away at Wonthaggi we are building a water factory that will use vast quantities of electricity? (NEGATIVE)
When I look around my neighbourhood, I see a community that is way ahead of its political leaders. (NEGATIVE) We choose sustainable transport, make alternative purchasing choices, save water and reduce emissions. Our community supports a huge range of initiatives from Sustainability Street to Transition Towns to local waterway friends groups and many, many others. (POSITIVE)
The Greens know there is a better way. (POSITIVE) The people of Northcote are showing through their everyday actions that they know there is a better way. (POSITIVE) The only people who seem not to know are their elected representatives. Itâ€™s time that changed. (NEGATIVE)
Letâ€™s do the math.
# WORDS IN NEGATIVE SENTENCES: 235
# WORDS IN POSITIVE SENTENCES: 62
Ms Martinelli is not unusual.
Hidden behind the soccer mum mask is a cynical politician who makes her living from promoting the environment industry, a business which makes money from government mandates that the Greens party want imposed.
We write these words even tough they come as no surprise to most people with a clue.
We write them for the strange Left folk in the ALP who once convinced themselves that appeasing a fierce foe with trinkets and preference deals and jobs at the ACTU would buy them off.
Remember the scene in â€˜Independence Dayâ€™ when the President asked the invading alien what they wanted humanity to do in response to their presence. The alienâ€™s candid reply â€œDieâ€ was a shock but in retrospect seemed obvious didnâ€™t it?Â The Greens party have come to destroy the ALP and eventually the Liberals by making sensational and outlandish claims that the thousands of idealistic, hopeful, optimistic people involved in both are somehow involved in a deeply immoral enterprise. That is the Greens party inherently negative message. Mistaking their alien intentions as friendly will guarantee the demise of all the Greensâ€™ targets who remain gullible and naive about their plans.
We write these words because sometimes pointing out the obvious is an essential first step to progress.
PROFESSES POSITIVE, DEPENDS ON A SEARING ATTACK
Looking at her material, the paid environment consultant Ms Martinelli has every chance of winning the seat of Northcote because she will lead a vicious attack on the Labor government, on issues like public transport.
Her offer will be uncosted.
It will be vague.
It will involve spending a lot more taxpayersâ€™ money with no realistic way of paying for it.
If her opponents dare point out that fact, theyâ€™ll be slammed by her, her cynical emailing party apparatus and their friends at The Age newspaper for pouring â€œvitriolâ€ on the Greens.
Itâ€™s not vitriol to put out the truth about your opponents.
A CASE STUDY IN NOT STANDING FOR MUCH AT ALL
Ultimately, Martinelli is a lightweight. Sheâ€™s in no position to fix anything.
Sheâ€™s a local placard wielder without the intellectual depth or hands-on experience to solve real-world problems.
Public transport, all transport, is complicated. One of the governmentâ€™s smartest, toughest operators Martin Pakula has made many right calls in our view and even shows a great knowledge of the system and more importantly a genuine empathy for really pissed off train users who are sick of late trains, sick of cancellations and think someoneâ€™s taking the Myki.
Few have seriously questioned Pakulaâ€™s personal performance though. Heâ€™s been exceptional, having inherited a real mess. A public transport system never designed for the numbers now using it and a situation where it takes many years and many billions to make impactful changes. The good news is that people are using public transport like never before and itâ€™s only sensible to ensure the system can support them.
Could you imagine trusting the Greens with the operation of that complex system? Itâ€™s a nightmare waiting to happen.
It might be politically opportunistic to cash in on train usersâ€™ impatience but you canâ€™t pretend to be pure while actually being a sleazy vote-grub with no real or costed plan. And thatâ€™s precisely our issue with the Greens. Like Comanchero bikies, they prefer to ride with face-masks to conceal the ugliness within.
And to be fair and bi-partisan, as much as we rate Pakula, we would equally say that of all the Liberal Shadow Ministers, they have the strongest of them in Terry Mulder in Public Transport.
THE GREENS RIDE TO OBLIVION
But the Greens offer what?
People like Anne Martinelli who make half-baked fantastic promises of more trains, more this and more that and conductors like the old days (are we the only ones who remember that most of our tram conductors were all ultra-left freaks with facial jewellery and hygiene issues?) but with no way of funding it that would gut the economy and cost jobs.
Mulder and Pakula have their limitations but they are required by their party and their colleagues to come up with real policies.
Itâ€™s time Greens party candidates like Martinelli was held to account for her half-baked pipe-dreams. Because there is a rising tide of concern about what Greens policies would mean if actually implemented. The fraud that is the Greens party is going to be exposed, however long and hard the road may be.
Martinelli is certainly not unusual. We could have chosen any of the Greens candidates and seen the most breathless attacks on Labor and the Liberals accusing them usually of some deep immorality of some kind or another. Accusations about opponents has always been part of politics of course. We donâ€™t have an issue with the Greens party throwing a few punches. But we do have an issue of it coming from a party that pretends to never be engaged in negative campaigning.
The recently elected federal politician for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, put out an unprecedented amount of material in this past campaign, funded by a $300,000+ donation from Dean Mighellâ€™s Electrical Trades union in return for the Greens party promise to get law enforcement to back off investigating the union.
We have highlighted the negative material in one direct mail letter sent by Bandt. The attack-headline on it â€œDisappointed with Labor but donâ€™t want Tony Abbottâ€ was used throughout the Greens partyâ€™s material and speaks to the essentially negative campaign run by the Greens party. It is littered with direct or implied attacks on the Liberals or Labor or claims that anything promised by Labor was a result of them being intimidated into doing so by Labor who were merely copying their policies. We have highlighted in pink the negative attacks.