The move followed the election of Marxist Adam Bandt to federal Parliament on Liberal preferences in late August and a rising tide of concern that the Liberals were tarnishing their reputation as the lead conservative party in Australian politics by being seen to greatly aid the extreme-left Greens party.
The Greens might have been guilty of counting their organic free-range chickens before they hatched, with Melbourne Greens candidate Brian Walters reportedly already preparing to become the state leader of the party. He’ll have to win the seat first, despite revelations of his involvement in mining-linked property development, his acceptance of money from the coal industry he denounces as ‘dirty’ and his residence in a leafy ritzy suburb of Eaglemont, many miles away from Melbourne electorate.
The Greens party strategy of relying on the conservatives whom they profess to loathe has been one of the most breathtakingly cynical political cons we’d ever seen.
We couldn’t be more impressed with Ted Baillieu and his Liberal team for putting their ideas above cheap tactics and game-playing with the extreme-left which while tempting in the short-term was corroding their proud brand and causing considerable discord in the party membership.