The previous post here referred to the Greens as batshit crazy. Led by Bob Brown, gaining the balance of power has quite frankly, unbalanced them. Brown has already talked of the Greens replacing Labor in future. This is not likely, as the party has taken the far left from Labor when Labor presented a moderate image. As result of this positioning, the party is represented by a gaggle of extreme lefties, Palestinian activists, Bolshies, and activists with limited appeal. Any moderate move will be resisted by them.
Bob is a great fan of the UN and wants Australia to join an international push for a global parliament. This ''people's assembly'' would be based on one person, one vote, one value and was being vigorously promoted in Europe and the United Nations, he said yesterday.
Senator Brown said a global parliament would tackle international questions such as nuclear proliferation, currency speculation, marine eco-system destruction ''and those billion people who could be fed and literate if only a tenth of global military spending was sent to their assistance''.
But such a body would not replace sovereign governments - it would have to be established with the agreement of these governments.Their reality is represented by senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who believes the South Australian steel town of Whyalla can transform itself into a hub of wind energy if the carbon tax forced manufacturer OneSteel to shut down.
The South Australian senator yesterday said OneSteel's steelworks employed "several hundred people . . . and I imagine the flow-on effect for that small town would be significant".
OneSteel is directly responsible for the jobs of up to 4000 people in the city of 22,000 people.Senator Rhiannon was dumb enough to accuse the Australian Workers Union head had shut down the operations of the NSW Treasury as part of an occupation when he was a young Trotskyite activist. (Rhiannon produced a newspaper that was funded by the Soviets.)
"Maybe I protested outside it, but I'm certain I never occupied it," Mr Howes said. He added that he had publicly written off his "brief flirtation with far-left politics as a folly of youth". "Unlike you, I was never employed by any group receiving funding from dictatorships like the Soviet Union."
Brown has spoken enthusiastically of his plans to shut down the entire coal industry, one of our major export industries. The vast majority of Victoria’s power comes from the Latrobe Valley with its vast deposits of lignite, which Brown wants shut down first. Presumably all of the workers can expect lucrative jobs polishing the vanes of windmills or cleaning solar panels.
The irrationality of Brown was brought home tonight in an interview during which he accused Abbott of running a scare campaign on carbon tax on fuel for private vehicles, which has been rejected for the time being. He then went on to say that the exemption was totally against Greens policy and he was determined to tax it.