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Last updated on March 5th, 2018 at 01:33 pm
Why did Peter Garrett join the ALP instead of the Greens? Because, as Paul Sheehan writes, the Greens aren’t really Green:
The environment is merely a flag of convenience for a large faction of the party, a mother-earth issue onto which they have parasited their real agenda. That’s why [Senator Bob] Brown and several hectorers on the Green Senate tickets spent so much time talking about everything but the environment during the election campaign. They couldn’t help themselves. They fought the election on the Iraq war. Why? Because while many Greens are dedicated environmentalists, the party is basically a branding exercise, a new package around an old product that most political consumers will never buy.
Unnecessary packaging. Isn’t that something the Greens usually complain about?