The Greens had deafened our ears for the last decade that they will win Melbourne seat, become major party and that they are lefty party seeking “clean politics”. The results of the Melbourne
by- election yesterday would be clear evidence against all these myths and lies.
I personally heard the Greens leader, Bob Brown, during the Victorian state election 2002 stressing to the members and media that the Greens will win Melbourne seat from Labor. He even went further. He predicted that the Greens will win 5-7 seats in the Victorian both houses. The results of that election were clear: the Greens won no seats. Not only this. Without Labor’s major reforms to voting system in Victoria, the Greens would have won no seats until today.
I also personally heard Mr Brown (who could be comfortably described as the best lying politician in Australian contemporary history) promising Greens members and supporters that the Greens will end Labor dominance in politics and would replace it. So far the best results for the Greens were during the exceptional 2010 election by winning 11.7% of the votes. This is not even near the 38% to Labor.
The other myth is that the Greens advocate and exercise “clean politics”.
The Greens so far vended many lies to justify their deceptions about winning the Melbourne seat easily from Labor. Logically, the Greens should have won the seat in this by-election for the following reasons:
1-This is a by-election, where voters usually vote against incumbent party. The voters usually can afford to send message of dissatisfaction to their traditional party, without costing them office.
2-The Greens control the seat Federally.
3-The Labor is sliding in all opinion polls with the mess at Federal level and extremely unpopular Federal government.
The Greens, instead of admitting the truth that they failed to impress the voters, resorted to vend more lies after lies of the reasons of such failure.
At the beginning, they accused Labor of making dirty deals with Christian conservative party, Family First.
Then they accused the voting system of handing the seat to Labor, despite the fact that the Greens won more primary votes than Labor.
The Greens have vended these accusations/lies disregarding the following facts:
1- The Greens have won almost ALL their seats on the back of preferences from conservative parties.
2- The Greens almost never won any seat on primary votes.
Let us mention details here:
- The Greens sealed a deal in 2001 Federal election with extreme racist One Nation Pauline Hanson party. The Greens senator, Kerry Nettle, actually won on the preferences she received from One Nation.
- In 2006 Victorian state election, the Greens entered negotiation with conservative Liberals party (who sealed at that time a preference deal with Family First) to swap preferences. The Liberals refused to swap deal with the Greens on principled reasons (because of the Greens Anti-family policies).
- In 2007 NSW state election, the Greens attempted to bribe the conservative Liberals party (controlled at that time by extreme Neo-Conservative faction) to swap preferences in certain areas (namely Balmain and Marrickville). Again the Liberals were more principled than the Greens and refused to swap deals with the Greens because of the Greens Anti-Family policies.
- The Greens leader, Bob Brown, won his seat in Tasmania first time (1998) on less than 5% of primary votes (the quota to win seat is 14.5%). Without preference deals, the Greens leader would never win the seat then.
- Almost ALL Greens politicians won on preference deal. The Greens only win on primary vote were in Tasmania and Victoria, 2010.
These facts would dismiss any claims by the Greens of “clean politics”.
So why the Greens lost this “unlosable election”.
The loss of election came after almost ALL political forces in Australia understood that the only way to increase their vote is to get rid of the Greens. Almost ALL parties understood that the Greens are very good in propaganda, including lies and deceptions on commitments and achievements. And it is very clear that they will combine forces to end this farce.
The Greens for the last decade could get votes from all political parties. Some votes came from Labor. Other votes came from the Democrats. A lot of votes come from new voters who swallowed the lies and deceptions of the Greens commitments to Multiculturalism, refugees rights, Anti-War and pro-public sector.
Let us go back to preference deals in yesterday’s election. The Greens failed to get any decent preference deal, even from parties that would have many in common with the Greens.
The Greens even failed to get preferences from Sex Party (even though the Greens are staunch supporters of promoting prostitution, drug abuse …). The Sex party came to clear understanding that they will never win any decent primary votes while the Greens get such level of voting and representation in parliaments.
The Labor started the campaign to isolate the Greens and convince other parties to direct preferences away from the Greens. The Labor and ALL other forces should intensify this campaign. The Greens should be isolated and denied preference votes, to enable other decent parties to get fair share of primary votes. And it seems that this is what will happen.
The only exception to this so far is the Socialists within the Socialist Alliance. They are still in bed with the Greens, despite the fact that the Greens are refusing to adopt any Socialist agenda and are considering the Socialist ideology to be laughable matter from dark era. The Socialists do not understand that the good work they are doing on many platforms, including refugees rights, Anti-War….. were hijacked on election days by the Greens. The Socialists alliance with the Greens gives wrong indication to the voters of who really have commitments and actions on social justice issues. The Socialists should start to distance themselves from the Greens, especially the Greens are treating the Socilaists as inferior, naïve and irrelevant in Australian politics.
If the trend will be repeated in the next elections, we would expect the disappearance of the Greens form the political scene soon. The same happened to extreme Pauline Hanson One Nation.