In a surprisingly balanced story in the Sunday Age, normally known for its cheerleading for the Greens party, the extreme-left party even admitted its agenda with their de facto leader Greg Barber boasting that he is part of an international movement that will engulf the world:
Mr Barber said the Greens were analogous to Labor, in that they both emerged from big, worldwide movements. The labour movement in the 1890s gave birth to the Australian Labor Party, and the environment movement of the 1990s gave birth to the Greens, he said.
â€œin the 1890s, the Labor Party was formed and by the 1920s they were the national government of the country. That was because they were the vanguard of a movement that was unstoppable. Iâ€™ll let you draw your own conclusion about the environment wave we are seeing nowâ€¦â€
Of course, the hubristic Barber is not part of the political tradition of unions pushing for incremental, achievable change to advance the interests of working people.
ARE THE GREENS THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE OR JUST ANOTHER CAUTIONARY TALE FROM THE PAST?
He is part of the extreme-left political tradition. Of the kind that enslaved the people of the Soviet Union and much of Europe.
And of course at varying points as extreme-left politics swept all parts of the world from the jungles of Nicaragua to the might of the Kremlin and rice paddies of Vietnam, they looked like they had their moment.
Former Soviet Union ruler Nikita Khrushchev once boasted â€œWhether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you.â€
Greg Barber â€“ keen to escape internal Victorian Greens party term-limits like that other Russian leader Vladimir Putin â€“ is not as eloquent as Khrushchev but his boasting is the same as the old bloke that used to whack his shoes on the podium.
In the 1950s and 1960s communism had a real sense of momentum and it prompted one of President Kennedyâ€™s most famous speeches:
There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin.
The Greens party is just another one of these extreme-left fads that come along to confront freedom every now and then.
It is a party dominated by ageing leadership like Bob Brown and Lee Rhiannon in their 60s, just slightly in front of Brian Walters and Christine Milne who intend to be next generation of leadership.
If they are Australiaâ€™s future, as Greg â€œKhrushchev â€ Barber boasts, it is a very bleak future indeed.
We thought it very telling what the UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg, the leader of what we saw as increasingly left-wing Liberal Democrats party in Britain, had to say on the subject of extremist parties this weekend:
He said: "There were some people, particularly around the height of the Iraq war, who gave up on the Labour Party and turned to the Liberal Democrats as a sort of left-wing conscience of the Labour Party.
"I totally understand that some of these people are not happy with what the Lib Dems are doing in coalition with the Conservatives. The Lib Dems never were and aren’t a receptacle for left-wing dissatisfaction with the Labour Party. There is no future for that; there never was."
Letâ€™s say it again. There is no future for that; there never was.
And of course thatâ€™s exactly what the extreme-left Greens party fad is: a receptacle for left-wing dissatisfaction with Labor.
CALLING IT AS IT IS
Fiona Richardson is making it clear she is going to hold the Greens party to account in her inner-city seat of Northcote. Many Labor insiders worry that Labor candidates in Richmond, Melbourne and Brunswick will fail to heed the lessons of Laborâ€™s defeat in the federal seat of Melbourne where Labor failed:
â– To hold the Greens party candidate to account for his policies and past;
â– To mobilise Laborâ€™s base against an existential threat to working families;
â– To address Liberal voters on what the Greens stand for and why they ought not be preferencing to them.
The Greens partyâ€™s big lies â€“ that they run positive campaigns when they spend 95% of the time running down Labor and occasionally attacking the Liberals â€“ that they are an environmental movement when they are in fact a far-left political party â€“ that they are a protest against politics when they are a cynical bunch of left-wing extremist political operatives â€“ will all eventually implode.
The Australian controversially wrote the Greens need to be destroyed at the ballot box. Thatâ€™s true enough and good people need to do all they can. Itâ€™s nearly thrilling to see one state Labor MP truly understand the nature of the task.
But history teaches us one thing: political extremes do not serve the people, just the extremists.
And as much as the Greens party pretend otherwise, their policies show them to be extreme. The closure of zoos. Depriving kids of cancer medicines if theyâ€™re made in nuclear reactors. Attacks on private schools and private health insurance that will cost many billions as thousands are priced out of both and into government schools and hospitals. Massive new taxes including carbon taxes, death duties and 50% marginal income tax rates. These are extreme-left policies.
And people of Melbourneâ€™s inner-city, in the Massachusetts of the South, are just starting to wake up. When they realise theyâ€™ve been so ruthlessly conned by the most cynical â€“ and dare we say currently effective â€“ political operation since the rampaging Communist Party of Australia dominated many big trade unions and had to some extent infiltrated the ALP.
Labor dealt with that threat and Australia did too.
The Labor Left refuses to criticise their principal opponent (an opponent determined to destroy them, one seat at a time).
Some in the Prime Ministerâ€™s Office appear to fail to comprehend just how loathed the Greens party are beyond their small base as they distributed matching lapel flowers to the comrades to celebrate a Greens-Labor parliamentary deal where Labor actually gave them nothing in policy but a bucket-load of legitimacy they havenâ€™t earned.
The Liberals refuse to preference the Greens last, Labor continues to give them preferences too.
Until these things change, Australia will continue to hurtle down the South American road where political extremists prosper and the nationâ€™s welfare is frequently junked. At least Fiona Richardson is confronting this evil and calling it what it is.