Sep 26, 2013

Greens staffer exodus? Supporters round behind Milne

Senior Greens staffers have slammed reportage of an internal crack-up in Christine Milne's office as a media beat-up.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

Christine Milne

Senior Greens have hit back over resigned Christine Milne chief of staff Ben Oquist’s parting salvo to his former boss, describing the long-time apparatchik as a gatekeeper and Bob Brown loyalist opposed to Milne’s more democratic style.

Oquist sent a text message to national media yesterday claiming “fundamental differences of opinion on strategy” had driven him from his office, before jetting to Germany on a two-and-a-half-week taxpayer-funded “individual study tour”. He served for years as Brown’s fixer and close confidante and helped set up the Australian Greens in the 1990s.

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8 thoughts on “Greens staffer exodus? Supporters round behind Milne

  1. Pamela Crook

    Thankyou Andrew for your comprehensive analysis. All major media outlets including the ABC are covering this issue as if there are questions around Christine’s leadership.

  2. klewso

    Too much of our popular media seems more concentrated on self-gratification than serving the greater public’s education.

  3. JamesH

    “A Greens MP told Crikey this morning” – last I looked there was only one Federal Greens MP…

  4. Thomas McLoughlin

    They are all MPs JH, senators and one in the reps. And then there are the state MPs as well.

  5. Bob the builder

    Love the update from Heathrow – first ‘opportunity’ of the three he might be pursuing is ‘business’.

    Says enough…

  6. AR

    Another young, old fart who can’t abide strong female leaders?

  7. Andrew Crook

    Er, thanks mum.

  8. el tel

    Perhaps you shouldn’t take the word of Christine Milne’s staff so quickly. It turns out that there was an abandoned coup attempt against Milne, and Ben Oquist is the Simon Crean figure made to walk the plank for the machinations of the likely coup beneficiary. http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/milne-survives-push-to-axe-her-as-greens-leader-20130926-2uh2c.html

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