SA Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has thrown the first Palestinian-style rock of resistance against the older generation Stalinists largely in control of the extreme-left party, by challenging snarly old lady Christine Milne for the deputy leadership of the Australian Greens in the weeks after the August federal election. The Greens are refusing to comment on the saga and revelations of it were first made on SKY NEWS this morning.
Sarah is believed to have struggled to gain support within her group of comrades although many interpret her move as a shot across the bow on the question of leadership transition when pension-age Senator Bob Brown shuffles off at the conclusion of his term.
The superannuation millionaire Bob Brown has all but publicly endorsed fellow Taswegian Milne as his annointed leadership successor. Milne is 57 years old and wouldn’t be expected to become leader until her 60s. Milne has had many of years of experience as a Brown staffer and acolyte, leading the Greens in the Tasmanian Parliament after Brown’s departure and forming a coalition government with the Liberals from 1996 to 1998.
Itâ€™s clear Sarah Hanson-Young has other ideas and might look forward to an entente lentil with incoming Senator and leftist firebrand Lee Rhiannon, whose son was recently convicted of drug trafficking offences after hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash and marijuana was found on his premises.
The differences among the Greens on ideological and generational grounds have been well-managed under the intolerant leadership of Bob Brown. As he grows older, he might have more and more trouble restraining troublesome youths like SHY.
If SHY is able to win the hearts and minds of the newly elected Senators and Comrade Adam Bandt, her elevation to the leadership is just a matter of time and it wonâ€™t matter what old-timers like Bob Brown think. Hanson-Young has made her intentions very clear.