The Greens’ manner of leadership changes definitely puts press gallery noses out of joint. There’s no leaking ahead of time, no destabilisation, no use of the media to push agendas, and no selective drops to favoured journalists. Twice now in the space of just over three years, the Greens leader has, out of the blue, announced they were retiring and the party has conducted a ballot process for a replacement the same day. There’s virtually nothing for the media in it. Indeed, the gallery is left looking a little foolish -- gallery journos think of themselves as the critical source of all political information, but the third biggest party in the place blindsided them all on a change of leader.
Greens secrecy makes the press gallery grumpy — again
The Greens' refusal to work with the press gallery in the way the major parties do means journalistic noses out of joint over yesterday's leadership change.