Greens party sources tell VEXNEWS that Marxist scholar and MP Dr Adam Bandt PhD (Marx) is in a state of â€œhigh distressâ€ over a potential loss of conservative preferences at the next federal poll in his marginal seat of Melbourne and a rising tide of constituent anger over his poor performance as a local MP.
Many Liberals believe the overwhelmingly positive response to now Victorian Premier Ted Baillieuâ€™s decisive move to put the Greens party last will mean it is almost certain Tony Abbott will do the same at the next federal election.
Added to that worry for the immodest member is that locals are already complaining that Bandt is distracted from the hard graft of local electorate work with many finding it hard to get action on individual and community group requests for assistance and even getting responses to invitations to show up at local events has been difficult. Some locals tell VEXNEWS Bandtâ€™s too busy playing power-broker in Canberra to be a good local MP.
Itâ€™s widely rumoured Bandt is â€œmulling overâ€ putting up his hand for Senate preselection, at the next federal election where he could join Senator-Elect Dr Richard di Natale, who takes up his position on July 1st next year. On current voting patterns, the Greens would be confident of winning a position in the Senate, even if many are writing off Melbourne now. Dr di Natale is the brother-in-law of Greens party de facto leader Greg Barber. It should be noted that it was VEXNEWS that initially decreed Barber the partyâ€™s de facto leader before being similarly annointed in other lesser outlets.
Bandt has already positioned Greens party hack Rose Iser in his electorate office ahead of her potentially replacing him for Greens endorsement in Melbourne. Iser, who recently performed poorly as the Greens Essendon candidate, has given up on the north-west suburbs, even quitting the Moonee Valley council so she could take the job in Bandtâ€™s office which will pay around $60,000 per annum with free trips to Canberra. She has told friends she hopes to run for Parliament again.
She joins Bandtâ€™s girlfriend Claudia Perkins in the office, who also works as an electorate officer, but instead at the highest possible band of salary, demonstrating admirable relationship-solidarity that should serve them well in married life, should they adopt that bourgeois custom.
Bandt is believed to have favoured Iser in her preselection push for the state seat of Melbourne over the Greg Barber-backed Brian Walters SC, who proved to be a candidate so embarrassing that he will probably not seek public office ever again. His representation of coal mining giants in court against dead workersâ€™ families in return for cash, property development activities that were marketed as â€œcashing in on the Central Queensland (coal) mining boomâ€, home-schooling of his brats and poor people-skills made him a â€œhorror-showâ€ candidate according to those familiar with the Greens campaign. His close financial and political association with retirement-age federal Greens leader Bob Brown gave numbers-man Barber little choice but to deliver the result to Walters, insiders say. But the favour wonâ€™t be repeated, it is widely believed.
Labor is thought to be considered preselecting early in Melbourne to give their candidate (expected to be from the partyâ€™s Left faction) the best possible chance to campaign for the seat and identify areas where the Greens party have disappointed the local community.