On membership wrangles within the Greens
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon writes: Re. "Clowns to the left, jokers to the right: Greens, Libs wrestle with party memberships" (Monday)
Bernard Keane's analysis (Crikey, 3 July 2017) of the Greens NSW voting in parliament and the level of our electoral success is off the mark. The use of Labor's "faceless men" term is a derogatory argument often used by some MPs and their supporters to limit member involvement and party democracy so that the MPs get to vote however they want. Member involvement in decisions about how to vote does not mean there can't be negotiations about amendments to legislation. The Greens NSW gives its MPs a lot of flexibility in parliament. While Greens NSW MPs are required to vote according to policy it is extremely rare for the party to make a formal decision to bind an MPs vote on a bill.