Victoria Police is investigating a series of attacks on campaign posters and offices throughout the inner-city.
As these pictures â€“ exclusive to VEXNEWS â€“ illustrate, Brunswick Labor candidate Jane Garrettâ€™s campaign office in Sydney Road Brunswick was attacked with a huge glass window smashed with Labor and Liberal billboards in the Melbourne electorate also slashed in the dead of night. The incidents occurred last week and over the weekend.
The window that was smashed is apparently just in front of the area in the office where community groups like mothersâ€™ groups meet.
VEXNEWS has also heard many reports over the weekend of Greens activists engaged in acts of bullying and intimidation against ALP campaign workers and candidates. Members of Greens front-groups have also been involved in aggressively stalking ALP street-stalls throughout the inner-city.
The â€˜Night of Broken Glassâ€™ comes as the Greens fury surges over criticism of their candidates â€“ including the swastika-worshipping property developer barrister Brian Walters for taking money from the coal industry and Nazi war-criminals â€“ and of their policies with Victorian Treasury analysis revealing some of their policies would cost in excess of $20 billion (keep in mind the total Vic budget this year is around $44 billion). Walters’ spin on the issue of his willingness to take money from the coal industry for legal work while advocating the closure of the coal industry was set straight very elegantly in the Sunday Herald Sun by Peter Faris QC.
The Greens party â€“ started by environmentalist doctor Bob Brown â€“ has increasingly been infiltrated by those hailing from an ultra-left political tradition which is no stranger to violence.
The Greens federal MP Adam Bandt was involved in the frequently violent campus group Left Alliance, his campaign media manager Damien Lawson was a senior official in that movement too prior to flicking the switch to environmental. Sometime joke figure Stephen Luntz â€“ a self-described Greens party strategist â€“ was similarly involved in militant anti-Labor Left causes at the University of Melbourne prior to running a racket where he purports to be an independent polling official for hire.
At a campus level, the extreme-left Left Alliance frequently engaged in very similar tactics including threats to kill, assault, destroying campaign posters of opponents, smashing windows during protests and other acts calculated to intimidate. Other groups, like the Democratic Socialist Perspective, a Trotskyite organisation now merged into the Socialist Alliance, have operatives active within the Greens, including Maurice Sibelle, now the campaign manager for sacked Brimbank councillor and Derrimut candidate Geraldine Brooks.
The emergence of entryist militant leftists within the Greens party is a worrying trend in Victorian politics with attacks on offices and billboards by Greens operatives with a history of intimidation just the beginning.
As the state campaign goes on and the pressure mounts, are we starting to see the Greensâ€™ mask slip?