And Ignorance gave us the Greens.
Well, Oz got to play with a minority government in a broken Parliament a little over a year ago, and what a year that has been. The Greens hold the balance of power in the Senate, and with one single member are one of the balance points in the lower House as well.
The Green leader, Senator Bob Brown, has been making hay while the sun shines, despite him probably hating the idea of cutting making hay in the first place. Making hay is, after all, a human activity, and we all know what vermin humans are.
Anyway, with Senator Bob the power behind the throne, able to make the Prime Minister jump every time he says frog, we have been getting a real education about just what we could expect from a Green world. I leave it to Janet Albrechtsen to fill you in:
For many years now, the Greens have skated under the radar of proper analysis. Many people assumed the Greens were just a tree-hugging, forest-loving party with utopian motherhood statements about "ecological sustainability" and "participatory democracy". To his credit, Brown took feel-good politics to new heights, winning 11.8 per cent of the vote and a record 10 seats in federal parliament.
Twelve months on, the new paradigm has taught us that Green politics doesn’t feel so good after all. We will soon have a carbon tax that ought to be called the BBT, the Bob Brown tax.
After all, if Gillard had won the last election in her own right, we would not now have a carbon tax. And never mind that the rest of the world is running away from pricing carbon.
We learned the power of the Greens when Greens senator Christine Milne, not a Labor minister, announced the government’s new Australian Renewable Energy Agency. Charged with spending $3.2 billion on the Greens’ pet projects, it became clear that this is the Christine Milne fund. This is what happens when the Greens get hold of the levers of power.
The getting of a Greens education these past 12 months has meant more of us see behind the carefully modulated voice of Brown to the doctrinaire green hulk that is committed to closing down the coal industry, that believes mining is evil and ought to be subjected to a super-profits tax, is driven by a utopian dream of drawing baseload power from renewables and holds a cavalier attitude to cities, such as Whyalla, which Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young thinks can be turned into windmill centres.
We saw the Greens at work too when the Gillard government capriciously shut down the $320 million live cattle exports trade on June 8. The cattle industry paid the price for Labor’s desperation to hold power by placating the Greens agenda. No other policy reveals a more complete disconnect between Canberra and rural and regional Australia.
We learned that the Greens have a peculiar view of freedom of the press. When Brown labelled News Limited the "hate media", it became clear that a newspaper knows it is doing precisely the right thing when the Greens are upset by the scrutiny. And now the Greens leader is suggesting individual journalists should be licensed. This is the green face of fascism.
We have learned that the Greens don’t have much time for other old-fashioned notions of democracy either. At the National Press Club, Brown laid out his preference for a world government. That’s Brown’s elitist view of participatory democracy.
FYI, Whyalla is a steel town, hard hit by the rising Australian dollar, the insanity of renewables, and the Green hatred of industry.
When it comes to hate speech, little can match Bob Brown and his description of News Ltd papers as ‘Hate Media’. Well, of course he would, the Murdoch press is just not sufficiently sycophantic. Hell, they even discuss climate change, and he REALLY doesn’t like that.
Ms Albrechtsen is wrong when she refers to the green face of fascism, she has it perfectly reversed. We are seeing the fascist face of the Greens.
They don’t like the spotlight, the Greens, they really don’t.