You poisoned the sky and the sea,
You've taken what's good from the ground,
But you left precious little for me".
I feel Peter Garrett has now greatly compromised his environmental credentials by campaigning in the Victorian State election against the Greens, and putting his name to a deceitful letter sent to Melbourne and Northcote electorates suggesting that the Greens were directing preferences to the Liberals. Labor told these lies to smear the Greens and pull back their primary vote, a tactic that was successful.
The truth is that:
- The Greens directed preferences to Labor in 60 of the 88 lower house seats, including all Labor marginal seats.
- In the remaining 28 seats, the Greens left the choice on preferences to voters by offering split or open tickets, as they have done in the past.
- Labor retained many seats due to Greens preferences, and lost none due to split or open tickets.
- The Greens did not preference the Liberals in any seats.
So both major parties now use well orchestrated political tactics to attack the Greens rather than engaging in a fair and reasonable debate about policies. Both major parties ruled out any preference negotiations on issues. For them the political game is penultimate, not climate change, forests, water, public education or industrial relations.
I don't believe that the means justifies the end, and I think that major party politics is compromising our values, our environment and our society.
Be careful who you vote for, what you see is not always what you get.