The Queensland Greens – keeping the election interesting

More Blues as Greens see red

The Queensland Greens are providing even more entertainment than the
local Libs with the feuding and fighting during the state election

They’re even coming up with some decent gags – gas they’ve scripted,
rather than the Liberals unintentional embarrassment comedy.  We
got an e-mail yesterday complaining about the faction loyal to
perpetual spokesman and candidate Drew Hutton as “the Drewids”.

Nothing, however, is distracting them from their main aim – purging
dissident former campaign coordinator Peter Pyke for his suggestions
that senior shrubhuggers have been a little too friendly with the ALP.

This, we are told, is the third letter of this kind he has received
(and note the idiosyncratic grammar that seems to be official Green
house style):

23 January 2004
Peter Pyke
PO Box —-
S——–  Q  4—

Dew Peter

Your email of 21 January 2004 did not satisfactorily address your actions damaging to the reputation of the Queensland Greens.

Furthermore you have again sought to bring the Greens into disrepute by
making allegations to the Australian newspaper as reported on 21
January 2004.

Because your actions have brought the Greens into disrepute and are
contrary to the interests of the Greens, a motion for your expulsion
will be considered at the State Council meeting at 3.30pm on Sunday 22
February 2004. The meeting will be held at the Uniting Church Hall 11
Sussex St West End.

As evidence that you have brought the Queensland Greens into disrepute,
you were quoted in The Australian, 22 December 2003, making false
accusations that:

Drew Hutton did a preference deal with the Queensland ALP;

you were denied access to the Queensland Greens financial records;

the state election campaign is being starved of funds;

Drew Hutton is a ‘Labor frontman’;

and stating that you support the formation of a splinter party;

Besides these damaging statements, your actions were inconsistent with
the charter and the constitution of the Queensland Greens when you:

spoke to media as a member of the Greens without the authorisation of state council;

passed confidential emails from the Election Campaign Committee to the media;

and, falsely claimed the authorisation of the Queensland Greens convenor in an email letter to candidates on 18 December.

On 21 January 2004 you again spoke to the media as a Greens member without the authorisation of state council.

1 am giving you 28 days notice to show cause why you should not be expelled.

As per section 11.4 of the Queensland Greens constitution:

The State Council in meeting to consider expulsion shall afford the
person concerned a reasonable opportunity to be heard and shall
consider any representations in writing or in person of the matter.

Yours sincerely
Karey Harrison

The spirit of open debate, however, still lives on in the party. 
This e-mail is also doing the round – and very logical it is, too:

To: [email protected]
From: Frank Brown
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 11:11:41 +1000
Subject: Re: [qgreen] Brown hits out at Labor policy

Bob Brown has been going on and on and on about refugees.

The fact of the matter is, if The Greens stay staunch to our charter,
we can’t let in any immigrants of any type onto Australia. As a matter
of urgency we’d have to enact policies designed to reduce Australia’s
currant human population by about fifty percent.

To act as if we could let people into Australia is deceitful. Therefor
Bob Brown is acting like any major party politician. I would ask him to
stop being deceitful. If he doesn’t, then i would ask his state to
disendorse him next time he comes up for preselection.

No one in The Greens should be allowed to flaunt the charter. The
charter prevents The Greens from supporting anything that hurts nature.
Human overpopulation is the primary cause of all environmental problems
facing the planet.

The Greens cannot support allowing refugees into Australia. What we can
oppose is detention instead of immediate repatriation. I know there’s
UN agreements ext. If The Greens were in power, we’d have to withdraw
from those agreements.

frank brown

Perfectly logical – and perfectly dotty.

Grubby Green preferences deals in Queensland

Second Sealed – January 23, 2004

Lindy Nelson-Carr, the Labor MP for Mundingburra in Queensland, has
just sent out this damning critique of Green preference tactics.


The recent announcement by the Green Candidate for Mundingburra Matthew
Grantham that he would be preferencing the Bob Katter-aligned candidate
in the upcoming election has serious implications. The Mundingburra
Green candidate has arrogantly directed environmentally concerned
voters to preference a candidate aligned to the extreme right of
Bob Katter is an outspoken critic of the environmental movement and
everything the Green party stands for.  He opposes sensible
restrictions on tree clearing.  He opposes the Green zones on the
Great Barrier Reef.  He opposes restrictions on the ownership of
semi-automatic weapons and has opposed sensible restrictions on the
ownership of hand guns.  As recently as November 2003, he was on
record in Hansard as saying “I must make a statement about coal fired
power stations.  It must be pointed out to the House that, in
fact, coal fired power stations are probably one of the kindest of all
of the various alternatives.”  These policy positions appear to
have won a Katter aligned candidate Green party preferences.

This shabby decision is a case of Matthew Grantham, the Green
candidate, putting perceived political expediency in front of any real
concerns for the environment or good environmental policy. Mundingburra
is really a two-horse race and it will be either the Liberal candidate
or myself who will be elected to the Parliament on  February
7th.  This decision by the Greens has made it more likely that the
Liberal candidate will win the seat of Mundingburra.  Should the
National Party led coalition be returned to Government in Queensland,
we will see no serious restrictions on tree clearing and a return to
Queensland’s history of environmental vandalism that was a hallmark of
the Bjelke-Petersen government.

I know that environmentally concerned voters in the seat of
Mundingburra will be taking a long hard look at the Green party and I
urge them to cast their vote based on the party they think will
actually implement the most environmentally responsible policies if
elected to Government. I believe that my record as an open and
approachable member who supports a sensible and balanced approach to
environmental issues along with Peter Beattie’s recent commitments on
land clearing, will make Green voters turn their backs on Matthew
Grantham and his appalling preference allocation.


Greens misuse of CMC backfires

First Sealed – January 23, 2004

The Greens attempt to use the Crime and Misconduct Commission to lend
weight to their claims of ‘dirty tricks’ in the electorate of
Townsville has backfired dramatically.
The CMC found that the claim by Greens candidate Therese Millard that
Labor identity Kevin O’Sullivan offered support for a local government
bid in exchange for a “soft” campaign “could not be substantiated”.

What is more interesting is the Greens misuse of the CMC during an
election campaign. Prominent on the CMC website is their December 2003
brochure “A message to all State Government Candidates”.

The brochure reads:

“The CMC seeks your co-operation in ensuring that its complaints
process is not miscued for political purposes during the state election
campaign. We ask candidates who refer complaints to us during the
campaign to keep confidential the fact that they have done so”.

The brochures argues that:

“During an election campaign, an unfair advantage may be obtained by
publicly linking a candidate with a purported CMC ‘investigation’. We
request candidates not to use the name to the CMC to disadvantage
political opponents.”

This public request from the CMC did not prevent the Greens putting out
a breathless release on January 14 announcing that: “The Queensland
Greens will be lodging a complaint with the CMC today at 2pm”. 
The press release goes on to say:

“The Queensland Greens are firmly committed to the principles of
democracy an integrity and will cooperate with all facets of any formal
investigation into these allegations.”

Of course, that co-operation did not extend to meeting the CMC request
that complaints be lodged confidentially without political fanfare.

The Townsville contest is particularly interesting because the Greens
candidate, Therese Millard is a former Media Officer to Mike Reynolds,
and has an element of a personal grudge match about it.

Senator Bob Brown may face some serious questions about the misuse of the CMC when he flies into Townsville today.

Greens Blue in Queensland

Sealed Section – January 22, 2004

More email onslaughts from Queensland Green defector Peter Pyke,
complaints about Drew Hutton, and general mopes and moans reach Crikey
from the divided party – including this spectacular spit to IT man Sam

“It is noted that you have courageously put in writing your unwise
refusal to permit me access to the Queensland Greens Website available
to all members of the Party, but not me.

“I also note that you say you are doing the bidding of the Queensland
Greens Management Committee in denying me access to this vital
information service.

“You are notified formally that I will now lodge a formal complaint
with the Human Rights Commission against you regarding your denial of
my access to information services available to all other Queensland
Greens members, that denial apparently on the basis that some action
may be attempted to be taken against me at some time in the future, by
someone, if that someone can get the action to an appropriate forum,
and then, if that someone can get the numbers.  Sounds like you
are denying me access to information services on the basis of my
political beliefs, doesn’t it?”

Harsh stuff for pacifists!

Peter Fray

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