In an op-ed in today’s Weekend Australian, Nationals Senator Ron Boswell hands out some good advice to his centre-left Labor colleagues about the need to cut their ties with the radical far left:
My advice to Labor at that time was that only the Left could effectively attack the Left, as the Right was once forced into attacking the extreme-Right One Nation party.
The Labor movement has now decided the alliance with the Greens is more a loss than a gain, as it continues to lose the blue-collar worker vote to the Coalition on the Right and the progressive vote to the Greens on the Left.
In the Nationals we realised years ago, when our vote was being eroded by One Nation with some bizarre policies that we could not continue to give the far Right credibility by supplying it preferences.
Labor has finally concluded the same thing with the Greens after 14 years.
I’m not so sure. It seems Labor’s left are resisting:
…Assistant secretary John Graham, from the (Labor) party's Left, said that the NSW Right's proposal would do more to alienate Greens voters.
“The NSW Right used to say behind closed doors, we're having this debate now so let's have it all out, you can move to the centre, lose a few seats to the Greens, outsource the Left of the party, that was wrong,” Mr Graham said.
“I welcome the recognition that this is a serious threat, but these Greens voters we're trying to persuade, imagine them, full of hope, desperately many of them wanting Labor to be just a bit better. Are we really going to win them back by talking about backroom preference arrangements?''
Mr Graham described Mr Dastyari and Australian Workers' Union chief Paul Howes, a right-wing ally of the state secretary, as “human headlines''.
NSW Labor senator Doug Cameron, from the party's hard Left faction, said that while he disagreed with the Greens' stance on the Rudd government's emissions trading scheme and refugee policy, Labor should not attack their left-wing values.
“I say that we should not attack any party that takes progressive positions,'' Senator Cameron, a former head of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), told delegates from the conference floor.
“The type of positions that the Greens take on the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the WTO (World Trade Organization; my union the AMWU wrote those policies and they plagiarised them so why should we attack them on decent policy?''
Back to Senator Boswell’s op-ed – he goes on to expose just how deep the tentacles of the far-left spread within the Greens:
The extreme-Left connections of Adam Bandt to the Trotskyist group Left Alliance, Senator Lee Rhiannon to the Communist Party and senators Sarah Hanson-Young and Scott Ludlam to prominent anti-Israeli movements have been well-documented.
…The deeper you look into the Greens, the more apparent the party's extremism becomes. There are 21 Greens MLCs, MLAs and councillors with strong ties to radical left-wing groups that every well-meaning Greens voter should be aware of.
These Greens representatives are in bed with a broad coalition of extreme Left groups and individuals called Left Unity, which holds communist ideals and advocates socialism in Australia. Left Unity members include Socialist Alliance, its radical student network Resistance and the Communist Party of Australia.
…The number of Greens representatives affiliated with the Australian far Left, who strive to fulfil their same extremist agendas, would shock the average Greens voter who views the party as nothing more than koala-hugging environmentalists. The Greens may have started that way, but now it has been overtaken by the radical Left.
It is no wonder Bob Brown stepped down from the leadership when the party was at the top of its game. He knew there was only one way the Greens were headed with the ever-growing number of extremists in its ranks, and that was down.
The Greens have been immune from criticism for far too long, but if you look closely at who the individuals are and the groups they are members of, you can easily work out what their ultimate aims are: to extend the powers of government; to massively raise taxes; to weaken if not destroy the capitalist system; to curtail all personal freedom; to redistribute income both domestically and internationally; to bring ever-closer the advent of an eco-socialist New World Order.