The Age today quotes Greens Legislative Council candidate Cheryl Wragg as denouncing Greens MPâ€™s for undemocratically imposing policies on the party that have not been approved by the partyâ€™s state council.
The Greens had recruited Wragg from the ALP where she was a frequently disgruntled member. It appears her disgruntlement has continued in her new home of the Greens.
Even on the Greens MPâ€™s own website the brave Greens candidate Cheryl Wragg attacks the party over its plans to close Hazelwood power station complete with assertions it is â€œevilâ€ and â€œtoxicâ€ and â€œthe most polluting power station in the industrialised worldâ€ and writes :
There are some important errors of fact in the spiel about Hazelwood power station above. I really wish the Greens would take a more sophisticated approach to Hazelwood power stationâ€¦
The former Australian Manufacturing Workers Union researcher and public servant fired up even more for the Greens-friendly Age newspaper when she:
â– SLAMMED the Greens policy to shut the Hazelwood power station saying Greg Barberâ€™s policy was â€œpitched at inner-city voters and did not reflect the views of people in central Gippsland;
â– ATTACKED Greens MPs for being â€œover-zealous in putting forward highly simplistic and not necessarily technical competent solutions to the problems that lie ahead of us, when in fact the party has an endorsed energy policy that provides really robust solutions.â€
â– PROPOSED the conversion of Hazelwood to a new â€œcoal gassification technologyâ€ that has been savaged by inner-city Greens and climate activists
Wragg had publicly pushed for this in an article in the La Trobe Valley Express that hadnâ€™t been noticed in the big city:
Ms Wragg said the Greens “recognised there had to be a lot of work put into securing the energy supply and jobs and reducing the demand for electricity” before Hazelwood could be closed.
To do this, the party would call on Loy Yang Power to modify its 22-year electricity deal with smelter company Alcoa and retrofit the power station with dual gas technology – that is, using a combination of natural gas and gasified coal to generate electricity.
This, according to Ms Wragg, would increase Loy Yang’s output by 40 per cent.
The gas technology is the same as that proposed by HRL company Dual Gas for a 550 megawatt demonstration plant at Morwell, but the Greens don’t support the project as a stand-alone station, Ms Wragg said.
She said Victoria’s electricity transmission and distribution system needed to be upgraded to cope with a decentralised power supply and she wanted the Latrobe Valley to become a manufacturing hub for ceramic fuel cells, carbon fibre products and solar hot water services.
These initiatives, Ms Wragg said, would create thousands of local jobs.
Ms Wragg said she was in favour of farmers becoming more fuel efficient to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
When confronted by The Age over her subversion, Wragg wasnâ€™t backing away from her coal gassification policy either insisting she is an â€œindustrial Greenâ€.
Greg Barber, the author of the Greens policy that is not it seems official policy, struck back at the Greens coal enthusiast in The Age saying her policy wasnâ€™t party policy either.
Another Greens candidate Brian Walters was accused of hypocrisy when despite supporting the closure of Hazelwood, accepted hundreds of thousand of dollars in legal fees representing a coal miner in a case involving a worker killed on the job. The multi-millionaire lawyer also profited from unsightly warehouse property developments in Rockhampton which were advertised for sale to investors encouraging them to â€œcash in on Central Queenslandâ€™s mining (mainly coal) boomâ€. Walters has recently also differed from the Greens vibe by telling a shocked audience of lefty teachers that he and his Tibetan Buddhist Anglo-Saxon wife â€œhome-schooledâ€ their children because of the failings of the education system. Added to his worship of the swastika and his defence of a fellow multi-millionaire property developer in court (who also happened to have been a chief guard at a Nazi death camp in Latvia that murdered 30,000 Jews, gays and gypsies) there are some left wondering whether Walters was the ideal candidate in the Greens-winnable seat of Melbourne. Weâ€™ll soon find out.
Meanwhile, Wragg as the second candidate in eastern Victoria province is regarded as very unlikely to win, and we suspect is unlikely to ever be endorsed again by the notoriously hard-line and intolerant Greens party leadership.
WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Cheryl Wragg has issued a statement excoriating the Greens party leadership over Hazelwood, accusing them of “aping the culture of the ALP” and attacks de facto Victorian Greens leader as “Tweedle Dumb-It-Down”.