BANDT BAILS? Greens party panic over Melbourne prompts possible Adam Bandt chicken-run to Senate

roseiser Greens party sources tell VEXNEWS that Marxist scholar and MP Dr Adam Bandt PhD (Marx) is in a state of “high distress” 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 Baillieu’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 Bandt’s too busy playing power-broker in Canberra to be a good local MP.

It’s widely rumoured Bandt is “mulling over” 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 party’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 Bandt’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 Bandt’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 workers’ families in return for cash, property development activities that were marketed as “cashing in on the Central Queensland (coal) mining boom”, home-schooling of his brats and poor people-skills made him a “horror-show” 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 won’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 party’s Left faction) the best possible chance to campaign for the seat and identify areas where the Greens party have disappointed the local community.

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  1. Rudi

    Rose Iser was my local councillor and she did a great job. So much so that I was disappointed she resigned to take up the job with Adam Bandt. She is not a hack.

  2. Dog

    He has two options. Equally possible knowing him. Jump to senate or find way to bring down gillard government in exchange for liberal preferences. He is entirely capable of latter.

  3. Next Election Double

    Andrew this supposes the question that there will be a half senate election. The odds are that the next election will be a full senate double dissolution in which case Brandt would have to compete against De Natalie for the number one position. Support for the Greens is expected to drop in the lead up to the next Federal poll (Expected to be held in the later half of 2011) in which case the Greens will only secure one seat, the Coalition five and the ALP five and the last seat is up for grabs possibly another coalition position or a member of one of the other conservative parties.

    Both the ALP and the Coalition will not want a half senate election.

    If a half Senate election is held then the ALP in Victoria will lose a seat and end up with four instead of five seats with Senator David Feeney missing out.

    A double dissolution is Labor’s best chance to retain the status quo whist stemming the rise of the Greens

  4. a rising tide of constituent anger over his poor performance as a local MP – seriously? It’s only four months since he was elected.
    Must be a truly outstanding non-performer.

  5. Kermit

    Adam Brandt’s office has little to no experience in immigration and social welfare issues. They are way out of their depth. There are many constituents in the Melbourne electorate that have already discovered they have nowhere to go for help other then Kim Carr and Gavin Marshall’s Office.

    Labor State members are having to refer enquiries related to Commonwealth issues to Brandt’s office knowing that he cannot help them due to his lack of experience and minimal knowledge of federal adminsitration. Brandt will be there for a short time only. Come this time next year we will have a new parliament

  6. Madam Lash

    As if employing his girlfriend is not bad enough Rose Iser has then thumbed her nose at her local constituents to poke her nose in the trough…how does she think this will endear her to people in the seat of Melbourne…The Greens don’t know what they’re doing and poor working class people in this electorate will be the victims…I tip the Greens will have no presence anywhere soon enough…Bill Shorten was spot on with his assessment…The Greens are eating Labor’s lunch…and the meat in the sandwich are the people who desperately need support at a local and federal level

  7. Senior Lib

    Goodbye Adam – you wouldn’t even consider supporting us – so see you later!!!

  8. Inspector Gadget

    Andy, you need to shove a Viagra up your rectum and wait for the reaction to set in. This may assist you in writing something with some accuracy and legitimacy. (Yawn)

  9. Anonymous

    Better get job opportunities post Parliament ready Adam, the Libs are going to crucify you for supporting the ALP.

  10. Sotherby

    I hope he stays. Adam is a terrific MP and a real good bloke to boot. He is strong, decisive, wears an interesting set of glasses and an attractive specimen of manliness. I for one like him a lot.

  11. Sotherby

    @Sotherby: nice to see the greens strategy for government revolves around attempting to post positive comments about their mp on a political website- perhaps create some policies..

  12. andy bult

    Bandt should remember one thing. Never take a knife to a gunfight.
    the Libs will cook you slowly little man.

  13. Bye Greens

    I have said it for 12 months. Greens have reached their highest limit. Slippery slope from here.

    As for Barber being the Greens de facto leader, what serious political party has a de facto leader! Good bye Greg as well as your local government tossers. Rose Iser proves what the Greens think about Local Government.

  14. The news that's not news.

    So one grumble over the public interwebs from someone looking for Adam to attend an event (I think that was in the campaign, not after the election from memory)about a lack of response, which Adam got onto, becomes Adam being labelled a poor member.

    The Labor party given it needs to deal efficiently with Bandt’s office should be jumping for joy at him choosing people with Parliamentary (even Labor) and council experience. If that isn’t the case, and there are those that prefer to whinge then Labor wouldn’t mind releasing a list of who is working for each of their members and their experience and personal ties to the member.

  15. fast burners

    Rose Iser was in local govt one minute, drawn out of hat to head VLGA the next minute, then quit, then unsuccessfully ran for state parliament, then tossed in council mid term to work for brandt at Federal level.

    These Greens sure are fast burners.

  16. Greens house of cards

    The Greens house of cards came tumbling down when liberals put them last.

    Now Barbar cannot move into Northcote seat. So Barbar is toast with ambition Greens councillors all wanting a tilt at the safe Northern Metro upper house seat.

    We also have the four factions of the Victorian Greens in a real fight for a ever shrinking pile of spoils.

    We can now sit back and watch a real cat fight between the DE FACTO LEADER Barbar’s say-anything-and-do-anything-for-power faction, the middle class tree huggers faction, the grumpy frumpy Yarra faction and the Bandt/ETU faction).

  17. Bandt will win faction fight

    Clearly in a fight between these four factions in the Victorian Greens Bandt will win out.

    He has serious cash from the ETU.

    Barbar’s millionaire club while good for some cash are a bit pissed they forked out so much for no result in the state election.

    However, if Barbar has stacked out the Victorian Branch as claimed by some then Bandt may hit the wall.

    If the Greens lose their IR angle and the ETU support that comes with it then it will hasten their decline.

    Clearly Bandt is pitching himself as a hybrid ‘Green/Labor’ MP – e.g. he votes with labor to form government and is backed by a union.

    Barbar on the other hand sounds like a hybrid Greens/Liberal MP.

    So the real fight in the Greens is between those who want to be echoes of Labor values and those who want to be echoes on conservative anti-Labor Liberal values.

    In simple terms a fight between the watermelons (green on outside and red inside)and the aqua alliance.

    The original tree hugger greenies will be left in the dust in this battle royale.

  18. Bandt fan

    I for one am a big fan of Bandt.

    Let him take on the fake libs in the Greens party.

    Bandt is the king of the watermelons.

    Down with Barbar – long live the Watermelon King.

  19. Over rated

    Greens are over excited and over rated.

    Can they win Melb federal seat without liberal preferences – answer NO.

    Can they win a Victorian half senate election without Labor preferences – answer NO.

    The Greens only chance is a double disolution – they may need Bandt to push Labor into that situation.

    Bandt will need to be put in senate spot to get his co-operation on this.

    Independents will be looking at Ingram’s fate and be loath to go to polls.

    Most likely outcome at this point is a half senate election and full term government. The core shared value of this current ALP/GREENS/INDEPENDENT majority is s strong desire to not go back to the polls.

    So Feeney is safe but not the Greens.

  20. Over rated and out of luck

    Greens are over excited and over rated.

    Can they win Melb federal seat without liberal preferences – answer NO.

    Can they win a Victorian half senate election without Labor preferences – answer NO.

    The Greens only chance is a double disolution – they may need Bandt to push Labor into that situation.

    Bandt will need to be put in senate spot to get his co-operation on this.

    Independents will be looking at Ingram’s fate and be loath to go to polls.

    Most likely outcome at this point is a half senate election and full term government. The core shared value of this current ALP/GREENS/INDEPENDENT majority is s strong desire to not go back to the polls.

  21. Greens career path wanted

    Many Greens are now looking to secure jobs in Baillieu government, MAV and Port Phillip and Yarra councils.

    The increasingly Liberal dominated MAV is happy to help Green consultants as Greens votes are crucial in locking out Socialist left dominated Monash and Whittlesea Council operators.

    The extremist Greens are useful tools in this regard.

    The more money hungry Greens have to take their fat consultancies where ever they can get them now.

  22. Back to the EPA

    Dear fellow Greens the MP career path has disappeared = everyone fall back to the EPA.

  23. greening MINING

    Vexnews is very cruel.

    You have never explained the benefits for the environment when various super talented Greens candidates working as consultants for large mining companies.

    Surely these companies are smarter and greener for having the failed Greens candidates for Preston, Brunswick and Melbourne darken their doors as consultants and/or as investors?

  24. greening MINING

    Your Labor types are very cruel.

    You have never explained the benefits for the environment when various super talented Greens candidates work as consultants for large mining companies.

    Surely these companies are smarter and greener for having the Greens candidates for Preston, Brunswick and Melbourne darken their doors as consultants and/or as investors?

  25. the beuatiful silence

    Bob Brown likes to sit in the forest and listen to the ‘silence’ of nature.

    In his case that is cancer affected tassie devils grunting and fighting and scratching – so a bit like a working day in Canberra.

    But nothing is a beautiful as the silence we heard after the Greens lost their most cherished Liberal preferences.

    Hear the silence and feel the love.

  26. REality check

    Hang on … isn’t Bandt actually coming out on top here? In probably the only parliament ever where there is a balance of power to be had in the House of Reps, he sits on the cross-bench in that chamber. Then, when things go back to normal, and the balance of power will only be had in the Senate, he will become a Senator, on the back of his performance as a MHR. Then, rather than having to worry about local constituents, preference deals, and elections every 3 years, he can sit in red leather luxury for 6 years, free from stress and public scrutiny.

    A bad outcome for the country, but a great outcome for Mr Bandt.

  27. No room for vegos

    Bandt is a labor lawyer backed by ETU dressed up as a Green.

    Whether he can jump from dodgy lower house spot to the senate is the issue.

    He needs to side step 3 other greedy factions who are now focussed on the three winable upper house state spots and the one senate spot.

    The Greens factions had multiplied in line with the following anticipated opportunities:
    . relelection to melbourne federal seat at next election.
    • one senate spot.
    • chance at Batman that had dropped from 75% 2pp to just over 56% this year.
    • dead cert of 3 Lower house state seats
    • strong chance for northcote state seat in 2014.

    • chance for Essendon, Footscray and Preston state seats in 2014.

    • chance for Prahran and Albert Park in 2014.
    • chance of 4 upper house state seats in 2010 and 2014.

    The Greens have gone from up to 15 possible and certain seats in 4 years with liberal preferences to just 4 winnable spots without liberal preferences.

    That is why they are about to eat each other. Inside the Greens Bandt is both the hunter and hunted.

    May the most blood thirsty 4 Greens win.

  28. Medici

    Who the hell is Adam Brandt?

    Why did most of the people posting here not turn up in English class, especially on days that spelling was the priority?

  29. Lily

    liberal MAV – you have to be joking – it’s more alp than the ALP. Bloated, wankers and do nothing people. Got so much money form labor for positions – must be thirty funded govt positions just sitting there – all doing nothing. Time for a cull. Time for defund

  30. Nappysan will help!

    Labor must really be leaving some unfortunate stains in their undies at the thought that Bandt will hold Melbourne in his own right without Liberal preferences.

    Already the smear tactics are coming out. Given that this site has accused the Greens of all sorts of nasty campaign tactics in the last Victorian election, it’s a laugh that already the Labor angle may be to paint Bandt as a poor local performer, a claim that has no basis in truth, to try and edge him out of the seat.

    The fear that this Labor site is already displaying would be heartening to Bandt. Adam my lad, some in Labor thinks you are shoe in!

  31. This man has fooled whole of Australia. He is minting money with the position he is in and everybody around him is also living on tax payer.

    Not to forget generous Unions and Labor mates. I don’t think he will run to senate yet.

    He will stay there and make a few million before he changes his colour.

  32. VLGA has become a stage for the Greens

    He could run for the VLGA, after all Iser would come and go as she pleases, The Greens have treated the VLGA like their own, and it is not right

  33. highway robbery

    Adam Bandit stole a lower house seat with Liberal preferences. He will soon flee the scene of the crime.

  34. really an eye opener for me.

    – Robson

  35. Barry

    Nicky Haslinghouse for Melbourne. Retards unite for the cause

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