Archive for ‘Greens’

April 13, 2012

How Bob Brown’s Resignation Unfolded on Twitter

text of image: @SenatorBobBrown As I leave the leadership, but never the Greens, a big thankyou to you all

text of image: @abcnews ‘I will be a Green until the day I die’ – Bob Brown

Come on ABC, you’re missing the big picture, no one cares what the Government think about the leader of their Coalition partner resigning, who cares what members of Brown’s own party think… tell us, what does The Opposition Say, give us Tony’s reaction.

text of image: @senatormilne I’m honoured & excited to have been elected leader of the @GreensMPs to build on the great legacy of @SenatorBobBrown, who is retiring today

text of image: @PennyWrites
A huge thank you to Bob Brown from me. His dedication to our future wellbeing over so many years marked by courage and vision. #auspol

Senator Penny Wright: Australian Greens Senator for SA.

text of image: @greenat16 I am really sad now!

text of image: @PaulBongiorno
By any measure Bob Brown is a giant of Australian politics. His influence is international as the inspiration for Greens parties everywhere.

text of image: @latikambourke Bob Brown says ‘purchasing democracy’ (citing mining ads) is here in Australia ‘a la America’ and it’s growing.

text of image: @macleanbrendan “I must go. My planet needs me.” – Bob Brown.

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April 13, 2012

Bob Brown Retires, And Tony Abbott Shows His Lack Of Class… He Compares The Greens To The Democrats

text of image: @PaulBongiorno
Tony Abbott says turbulent times ahead for the Greens. Likens Brown to Don Chipp and the Dems. True the Dems lasted another decade or more.

All Class Tony, it’s all about You, isn’t it?

April 13, 2012

Bob Browns resignation statement

The Australian Greens
Bob’s full media statement:

Bob Brown has resigned as Leader of the Australian Greens Parliamentary Party. He will also resign from the Senate, after 16 years’ service, when his Tasmanian replacement is available in June.

Senator Brown, who is 67, made the announcement to his Greens Party Room colleagues this morning at 10am.

“I am sad to leave but happy to go. It is good knowing that the Greens have such a depth of talent and experience lined up for leadership – I could only dream about that a decade ago”, Senator Brown said.

“It is prime time to hand over the reins. I offer a huge ‘thank you’ to the 1.7 million Australian voters who elected our Green team, and to my 9 colleagues: they have made each Green year in this parliament better than the year before – though the best is yet to come. For example, our policies for fairly taxing the resources boom and carbon polluters, uniquely enable the Greens to fund a national disabilities insurance scheme, the Gonski education reforms, Denticare, renewable energy businesses, as well as progress on High Speed Rail linking our major cities.

“I also thank my splendid staff, including my longtime friend, confidant, and fount of good political sense, Chief of Staff, Ben Oquist,” Senator Brown said.

Senator Brown has called the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Tasmanian Greens to inform them of his resignation.

“I look forward to fresh green pursuits including writing, photography, music, occasional talks, bushwalking, and getting out with Paul to see Miranda Gibson who has been perched for 120 days 60 metres high, in defence of a giant tree facing destruction in central Tasmania,” Senator Brown said.

April 7, 2012

The Truth About Carbon Pricing (or carbon “Tax” if you read Murdoch papers)

There are many lies being spread about carbon pricing, usually by those with an agenda, either that or they can’t read.

First of all: it is not being applied yet – any business that claims it is sacking workers or raising prices now because of the carbon pricing, is blatantly lying and ripping off consumers. The pricing goes into affect from 1 July 2012.

Second: Unlike the GST which put a 10% tax on just about everything you buy, with little options for finding non-GST affected products; Carbon pricing will only be on the top 500 polluting companies. If you don’t want to pay for a product which has carbon pricing attached, simple… buy a product that is Less polluting.

If you don’t want to pay carbon pricing, choose products with less impact. Simple. Third: opponents of Carbon pricing say that it is unfair, unlike GST which is fair and balanced. No. The reverse is true. GST disproportionately affects those on lower incomes, who spend a larger proportion of their income on GST taxable products, while those that attract no-GST tend to be luxury items (which had other taxes removed in exchange for the GST). If you don’t want to pay carbon pricing, choose products with less impact. Simple. If you want to continue to screw-up the environment, that is your choice. But you pay for the privilege.

Our planet should belong to all of us, not just those who can afford to pollute it. As it is now, those who can afford to buy more things, are doing a greater proportion of damage to our air, our water, our limited resources, our planet, our life-support system. That would like saying: it is okay for a rich person to beat the stuffing out of you, because if you can afford to sue them, they have can afford the compensation. Ignoring the damage done in the meantime.

Fourth: But what about our pensioners? They worked hard all their lives and now they won’t be able to afford heating or food? WRONG. Those on low-incomes, including pensioners will be compensated. And like each and every one of us, as consumers they have a mighty power, it’s called the dollar vote – the power of choice, if they don’t want to pay for the carbon price, all they have to do is choose a different product.

Fifth: Prime Minister Gillard is not personally benefiting from this – We Are. Our children, our grandchildren, our nation, our Pacific neighbours whose countries are disappearing under water, even as I type.

Australia has about 0.3% of the world’s population, but contributes about 1.5% of total greenhouse gas emissions. This puts Australians among the highest per capita emitters (source: Australian Bureau of Statistics). We are the country that is creating the mess, it is our responsibility to clean it up.

For much more detailed – and legally accurate – information, see ACCC – Australian competition & Consumer Commission: Carbon price claims

And if you think you are getting balanced, accurate information from an unbiased media, because media is neutral – read this: How Murdoch’s Aussie Papers Cover Climate Change by NPR in US America
Here is just a taste of that article…

The Australian has aggressively opposed the Green Party’s agenda of addressing climate change through greater regulation and taxation of pollution. Two years ago, the paper vowed in an editorial that it would seek to destroy the party at the ballot box.

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April 2, 2012

IPA Run The Country, Some At ‘Limited News’ Seem To Think So

text of image: Apparently the IPA’s James Patterson saying something now means “officials says”. Seriously, lift your f*cking game.

The IPA is a right-wing think tank, who seem to be given an extraordinarily large amount of time to push their agenda on the supposedly balanced ABC. No we know why, apparently they run the country.

And from @lynlinking (who blogs at The Political Sword)

Managing editor David Donovan completes the final part of this research into ABC Q&A programme by looking at the way it is emblematic of the ABC as a whole, in the way it creates false debate on non-controversial issues, while stifling debate about issues that are truly important.

The ABC’s false balance

The ABC protected IPA

An ABC QandA adventure in false balance

text of tweet from @beneltham
Notice the IPA has had a go at Flannery’s “taxpayer-funded” salary. When will the IPA renounce its own tax deductible status?

text of reply from @senatormilne – Christine Milne (Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Tasmania)
When will the IPA be upfront about which companies and individuals fund it?

But the question must be asked: Since the IPA benefits from public funding, surely they should be left to the mercy of the free market? After all, accepting government handouts would be socialism.

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additional text by @GrogsGamut, @beneltham, @senatormilne, @lynlinking
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March 30, 2012

Extreme Weather Or Mining Magnates, Which Will Liberal Leaders Care About?

Liberal and National politicians across the country are cutting back on programmes designed to help the environment, but have their hand out for Federal – taxpayer – money when it comes to cleaning up after extreme weather events attributed to changing climate.

Barry OFarrell in NSW is cutting back on climate change programmes. Ted Baillieu is slashing renewable energy targets while expanding coal power.

Can-Do Campbell it turns out is Can’t-Do when it comes to protecting the environment. One of his first points of business was the closure of the $430million Queensland Climate Change Fund. Probably one of his second points of business was checking with Clive Palmer, to see if that was acceptable, possibly.

Yet, when it comes to floods, bushfire, cyclones, it is Liberal leaders who have their hands out waiting for Federal funds to aid communities devastated by these natural disasters.

The warning from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change overnight that human actions are leading to more deadly and costly extreme weather events should give Liberal leaders from Tony Abbott to Campbell Newman pause for thought, the Australian Greens said today.

“The climate scientists’ warnings are getting louder, our weather is already getting more extreme, but Tony Abbott, Ted Baillieu, Barry O’Farrell and Campbell Newman are setting out to undermine climate action,” Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.
source: here

One thing that gets forgotten, or obscured when politicians are making decisions that affect our lives – it is not just the environment, the climate, the planet. It is all of ours, it is our planet, not just the faceless billionaires. So turning over the care of the planet to the very people who profit from its destruction does not make much sense, and even less sense is the voters who support those moves.

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March 29, 2012

How One Greens Supporter Sees Labor’s Recent Performance

Guest post by @greenat15, a proud Greens member (who has recently changed his handle to @greenat16)

Pondscum, what’s with that?

When I was on a recent walk, in lovely Sydney, I came across a billabong, a little stretch of water that was filled with an algal bloom – do we want for a better word than Pondscum?

I see many similarities with that primitive form of life and a certain political party. I see them both attempt to cling onto life when they are facing immense pressure to throw in the towel and give it all up. I see them both being tiny specs on the landscape, and I see them both refusing to move, refusing to adapt, refusing to change.

The Australian people hold much anger towards the Labor party, why? Because they are the same old stagnant rot that refuses to change, that recycles bad policy, bad leaders and bad ideas.

I am a 15 year old student, what does he know about politics? who is he? he can’t even vote! Well I have been involved in politics for over half my life, I live and breathe politics, I am not in the Labor party, but I am in NSW, I have seen what NSW Labor has done to this state and it ain’t good.

It’s understandable that the people are upset with Labor. It’s understandable that the Labor brand is dying. It’s true that Australians hate political domination, towards the end of Howards reign there was total Labor domination in each state and territory

Then there was the Ruddslide. The inevitable win from federal Labor, a win that was theirs for the taking but with that win came the inevitable loss of the states – Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and finally Queensland… Gone.

Gone, because the labor governments in those states took the people for granted, they raped the land and absorbed money from the highest bidder. They had to go, and Gillard’s leadership tussle gave the people the ultimate excuse for Labor’s removal.

Gillard and the faceless factional cronies (I’m looking at you Shoppos) signed the death warrant for the Labor party across Australia, they came, they soared and they gored – relegated to facing a government of 72 seats.

State Labor has also done much to ensure that they won’t partake in a big win for a long time, let’s take NSW as an example: they had countless MPs referred to the Corruption Watchdog, they had sex scandals, they had Ministers who announced things that knew they could not deliver on; that’s where the rot comes from.

NSW is the home of the gangrenous Labor limbs, heck, we even had a name for it The NSW Disease.

The recent Queensland elections further demonstrated the publics hate for the Labor Party, they were like a sponge (well, maybe that’s not a good metaphor considering the floods they had recently), they filled the Parliament with MPs that loved asset sales and then when it came to the March 24th election they were squeezed into oblivion, their water soul was shattered into a volleyball team of MPs.

The public hate the Labor party, but it is the Labor Party itself that is to blame for the death of the Labor party…

Opinions are those of @greenat16, and do not, necessarily, reflect those of TurnLeft.

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March 27, 2012

Is Malcolm Turnbull the saviour of the centre or just a man of the 1% in a leather jacket?

I have been hearing and seeing a lot talk recently about how if Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull would just left their current parties and formed a new party of the centre, the voters would flock.

Apart from the idea of who would be leader (and wouldn’t political journalists in Australia have a field day over speculating on that one?), is does this suggestion even make sense.

Polling suggests that Rudd is the preferred Labor leader among Coalition voters, while Turnbull is the preferred Coalition leader among Labor voters. Although I do wonder, if the pollsters ever ask Is your preference based on them leading their party as Opposition leader?

Where does this appeal to Lefties for Malcolm Turnbull come from? Is it merely that he is not Abbott? Is it that he stood for a Republic against other Liberal-Nationals during dodgy 1999 referendum? Or that he doesn’t hate on climate change scientists, quoted here in a piece Turnbull wrote: Abbott’s climate change policy is bullshit

The Liberal Party is currently led by people whose conviction on climate change is that it is “crap” and you don’t need to do anything about it. Any policy that is announced will simply be a con, an environmental figleaf to cover a determination to do nothing. After all, as Nick Minchin observed, in his view the majority of the Party Room do not believe in human caused global warming at all. I disagree with that assessment

The tweeting Turnbull certainly has a legion of fans among the left and centre-right, but perhaps this admiration is misplaced?

Turnbull is not really in the middle, or a centrist, at all. He is a man who poses enormous personal wealth, and is a politician who argues for an economic framework that will deliver the further concentration of wealth in the hands of the few.
Malcolm is not so in the middle: The Drum Opinion

Instead of championing Liberal-Nationals members as being the only hope for the Left and Centre, how about we either acknowledge the wealth of talent already in the Labor party and Greens. Or we could stop the factions pushing their Chosen Sons on us, and demand better.

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March 21, 2012

The Australian Green Movement is Controlled by the CIA

At a press conference yesterday, Clive Palmer stood branding a copy of an environmental report Stopping the Australian Coal Export Boom, from Greenpeace and other environmental groups and claimed that is was the work of the CIA.

Video here: CIA threatens Australian coal industry: Palmer (BrisbaneTimes: 20 March 2012)

After mumbling, grumbling something about Bob Brown improperly collaborating with foreign multinationals being treason, I wondered just how his comments would go down with the Murdoch Media, which itself is part of a multinational owned by a foreign billionaire.

image via The Brisbane Times:

text and opinions by @redglitterx

March 19, 2012

Democracy is in the hands of those who show up…

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… these people show up.
When people give up on the democratic process, shrug their shoulders and say “What is the point of voting, a politician always wins”. This cynicism results in democracy being left in the hands of those who scream the loudest, hold the largest sign and listen to Allan Jones.

This protest was direct against the Labor party, and says

Hitlers & Stalin’s children are anti-elections, labor, greens goldman sachs soros, agenda 21 euthanasia homosexuals All Anti christians

These people vote… be afraid, be very afraid

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photo by: @greenat16