The extreme-left Greens party candidate in Hawthorn, Jenny Henty, has been accused of hypocrisy and deception after revelations in todayâ€™s Herald Sun that despite frequent public attacks on coal and fossil fuel mining for political purposes she had secretly invested millions in coal and fossil fuel mining.
The Hunâ€™s Padraic Murphy has done very well indeed in bringing this hypocrisy scandal to public attention just in time for Victorian voters to make an important decision about the direction of the state.
The shocking allegations mark the end of a horror week for the Greens party in which a disendorsed candidate accused the party of bullying, smearing and public humiliation of her after she expressed differing views from de facto party leader Greg Barber and yesterdayâ€™s exclusive VEXNEWS revelations that the Greens waning star candidate Brian Walters had been spreading lies about their opponents taking money from tobacco businesses. He was forced to apologise and â€œundertookâ€ to withdraw the false document from distribution.
Messy as those crises were, nothing compares to the incredible deception perpetrated by Jenny Henty whose multi-million dollar investments in coal, fossil fuel and uranium mining include:
â– Dragon Mining including gold mines which according to the Herald Sun includes the â€œcontroversial use of cyanideâ€.
Nothing wrong with all that but it doesnâ€™t match her anti-mining rhetoric and campaigning around the Hawthorn electorate bearing â€œNo new coalâ€ signs.
We wonder how she sleeps at night. How can you reconcile campaigning with â€œNo new coal signsâ€ and multi-million dollar coal exploration investments? How can you present as an activist working for renewable energy while hoping to make millions from oil and gas? Itâ€™s breathtaking stuff.
How can you campaign on Greens party policies against uranium and be a financier of uranium exploration? This would be remove to unseat any major party candidate.
For whatever the faults of the Labor and Liberal parties, it is hard to imagine any of their representatives engaging in such dishonesty.
During the campaign Wendy Henty declared on her Facebook page:
â€œWe need investment in renewable energy not more fossil fuel power.â€
"Too much public money is being wasted propping up last century energy sources."
And while held by the Liberal Leader Ted Baillieu, Hawthorn is not the safe seat it was. On federal figures, the Greens party were within striking distance of winning it and if Baillieu departs it after the election in the event of a loss, thereâ€™d be every chance of the Greens getting elected in that seat.