Jul 12, 2012

Mayne: ALP dossier attacks supporter as ‘Green stooge’

In terms of own goals, the Labor Right war machine has reached new levels of productivity in attacks on its own supporters in the Melbourne byelection.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

In terms of own goals, the Labor Right war machine has reached new levels of productivity over the past week.

There was Tony Abbott stumbling through a terrible performance with Barrie Cassidy on Insiders last Sunday when well-paid News Limited commentators Graham Richardson and Paul Howes decided it was time to roll out their baby-faced backroom boy Sam Dastyari for an illogical attack on the Greens. The Australian has been lapping it up ever since, despite the obvious damage being done to Labor’s educated Left base which continues to defect en masse to the Greens.

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13 thoughts on “Mayne: ALP dossier attacks supporter as ‘Green stooge’

  1. Col Campey

    Stephen, I hope you make it.

    Your article highlights many reasons why
    we would be better off with non-partisan government.

    See colflower.blogspot.com.au

  2. Mike Smith

    Hmm. WHy aren’t you in an electorate where I can vote for you? 🙂

    If you’re negotiating with the Australian S3x party, does that make them pwnbrokers?

  3. Delerious

    Good luck Stephen. An interesting piece. I hadn’t fully understood what was going on in Melbourne until now.

  4. zut alors

    The situation was as clear as mud until I read this. Mayne is nobody’s stooge – ever. Skitch ’em, Stephen.

  5. Steve777

    Goes to show why one should ignore how to vote cards and make one’s own choice.

  6. AR

    Anyone who follows a how-to-vote card is surely unequal to the task of voting?

  7. fred bill

    AR – not sure if this is the way it works IRL, but most people vote 1 above the line leaving the preferences to go to where the parties place them, so they’re implicitly following a how to vote card.

  8. AR

    FredB – I’m unfamiliar with Victorian electoral laws.
    Are you saying that those benighted Cabbage Patchers down Mexico way use an above-the-thick(sic!)-black line ballot in State assembly elections?
    Or don’t you know the difference between State (MLA) & Federal, Reps & Senate, systems?

  9. CML

    What a lot of cr+p Stephen.
    If you love the Greens so much, why don’t you just stand for office
    under their banner. At least that would be honest.
    While people continue to advocate voting for, or giving their preferences
    to, the Greens, it will continue the destabilising of parliaments all around
    the country. The Greens need to grow-up first and realise that they
    must negotiate an outcome on all policies, not just demand their own
    way on everything. It makes me very angry when 10-12% of the voting
    public think they can force their extreme ideas on everyone else because
    they hold the balance of power. That is not democracy.
    What Greens supporters are not appreciating is that by wrecking the
    Labor Party they are putting themselves in the position of gridlock and
    ultimate demise. Surely they are not stupid enough to think that an LNP
    government will agree with their policies. If after the next election the
    Greens still hold the balance of power, there will be an almightly shift
    to the Coalition in 2016, because people are fed up with no outcomes
    on important policy issues. And with Coalition control of the Senate,
    you Green voters deserve all you will get. While it is less likely, this
    could happen at the next election if both major parties do not preference
    the Greens.
    For those who think the Greens can become a major party – what drugs
    are you taking??!!!

  10. Steve777

    I’ve never had sympathy for the idea that minor parties and independents have too much power. Every MP has exactly one vote the in chamber where they sit. Greens (or Shooters & Fishers in NSW or Independents elsewhere) only seem to have disproportionate power because major parties insist that their elected members act as ciphers for the party line.

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