There's something cruelly ironic about the departure of Bob Brown, and the subsequent coverage of it -- the acres of identikit propagandorial cost the death of countless trees to cover the career of a man whose life's work was to save them.

Throughout News and Fairfax, national correspondents with zip to go on -- because they rarely bother to talk to individual Greens senators about their beliefs, priorities and pollies -- tried to conduct some sort of guessing game about the likely effect of Brown's departure. Was Christine Milne too strident for the public to take to? Would the Greens go the way of the Democrats? Was this departure a product of factional splits within the Greens? The Democrats, would the Greens go the way they had gone? Was there conflict between state and federal branches? Would the Greens, suffer, well the Democrats, you know what happened to them?