Tips and rumours

Aug 5, 2014

Tips and rumours

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From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Vic Greens MPs don’t care about Gaza? Greens and (some) Labor MPs from around the country have been adding their names to the “Canberra Declaration on Gaza”, a petition condemning the Israeli bombing of Gaza. Started by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Labor MP Melissa Parke, the list now has 67 current and former elected representatives. The only name associated with the Liberal Party to make the list is former prime minister Malcolm Fraser, and while the lack of government MPs is not surprising, one tipster picked up a few notable absences. Of the three Greens MPs elected in Victoria, not a single one is on the list. Our tipster tells us:

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4 thoughts on “Tips and rumours

  1. zut alors

    Telling photos of Oz politicians: please don’t go down this path, Crikey. Or is there some reason why you wish to trash your brand?

    Leave the smut & slurs to News Corp, they are the experts.

  2. Scott Grant

    With respect to the Greens and Gaza, I have long thought that their core issue of environment, especially global warming is too important to allow other matters to get in the way. By promoting non-core issues, they turn away conservative voters who might otherwise be supportive of a conservation agenda.

    For example, the Marrickville Council BDS campaign. However laudable the aims, it certainly contributed to the Green’s losing votes.

    Another classic case is gay marriage. This is very much a third order issue, or lower, yet The Greens, at the last federal election, promoted it as if it were a first order issue supplanting even climate change. It supports the stereotype of Green’s supporters being inner-city trendies, which is why the party has yet to reach a support level of 20% or more.

  3. fred basset

    I totally agree Scott. A number of friends have said they’d never vote Labor, but because no one else will do a thing about the environment, they throw a vote the green’s way now and then.

  4. Terry Nonuser

    “Interestingly, state Labor MPs from around the country are also on the list, but none from Victoria.”

    49, 53, 54, 55, 62, 72 and 74 on that list are all Victorian State Labor MPs.

    Do journalists even read things anymore?

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