Previously, Crikey has kept an eye on the crises circling the Liberals, Labor and Nationals. However, it is not tokenism that gets the Greens a spot in our series; in many ways, the sense of calamity surrounding them often borders on the existential, and at times makes the other three parties' crises look positively amateurish.
Alex Bhathal and the 'bullying' problem
Crikey has long chronicled the factional dispute that engulfed perpetual candidate Alex Bhathal. At the beginning of last year, as a potential byelection loomed in Batman, a complaint went from the Darebin branch of the Greens to the Victorian state Greens head office calling for Bhathal’s deselection and possible expulsion for alleged bullying and misconduct. More vague and damaging allegations followed, leading party leader Richard Di Natale to concede there was someone in the Darebin Greens who would rather see the party lose than have Bhathal in parliament. It worked: Bhathal suffered a 3.4% swing against her, and Labor held the seat.