The Green tail wagging the Labor dog

The 2010 federal election was the Australian Greens? electoral high-water-mark. Ever since, their share of the vote has been on a downward spiral. The reason is pretty simple: in 2010 the Greens and Labor entered into a coalition in all but name. The Greens held the balance of power in the upper house, and had the Gillard government by the short-and-curlies in the lower. Australians got a taste of the Greens in power.

But, if Shorten?s Labor win this election, the Greens will be the puppet-masters again. Not only in real terms ? they?re already bragging about what they?ll do in the Senate ? but because watermelon extremism is a virus infecting Labor and slowly subduing its host. Quote:

Paradoxically, while the credibility of the Greens as a party crumbles, the ideological force that inspired it has never been stronger. The idea of greenness, like the idea of communism, turns out to be more resilient than the institutions it spawns.

Just as the influence of communism drove Labor to extremes in the 20th century, so the influence of environmentalism is leading the party astray in the 21st.

Labor is not conspicuously copying the Greens any more than Ben Chifley was copying the communists in the 1940s when he tried to nationalise the banks. It is simply that the same intellectual class is dominant in both parties. They suffer from the same utopian delusion, convinced that the kingdom will be built by purity of heart and leaving the details to sort out themselves. End of quote.

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The Greens? vote has ebbed ever since 2010. Even with the major parties in decline and voters deserting to the fringe, they?re still not going to the Greens. The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party, a grass-roots rural conservative party, were the big winners in the recent election in Australia?s largest state.

But the Greens are openly banking on being able to resume their assumed role as upper-house king-makers in 2019. Quote:

Greens strategists believe Bill Shorten’s team is on track to win a majority in the Lower House, but that Labor still will not be able to control the Senate.

The party is planning to exploit that, with Wednesday’s announcement laying down markers for any future negotiations with a potential Shorten government.

“If Labor were to win on May 18, the Greens are putting up very clearly that climate action and protecting our environment are going to be key priorities,” Senator Hanson-Young said. End of quote.

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Labor is in a tar-baby struggle with the Greens. Even as they publicly battle the Greens for the left-wing vote, Labor are gradually adopting green extremism as their own policy. Labor?s ideological bifurcation over Adani?s Carmichael coal mine is emblematic. Old Labor would back Adani as a blue-collar job-creator in a heartbeat. New Labor cannot back the mine and keep its green faith. Shorten?s only strategy has been to try and pretend the issue doesn?t exist. Queensland Labor candidates have been gagged from speaking about it.

But does anyone seriously doubt that Labor won?t cave to the Greens in government? Quote:

We have seen before how today?s halfwitted campaign can become tomorrow?s official Labor policy. Labor?s platform on the environment, energy, mining, asylum-seekers, taxation, education and health has seldom been as extreme as it is at this election? End of quote.

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