Topic archives: The Greens

Greens sandwiched between ideology and realism

September 17, 2010

The Greens have never had to be economically credible but now, thrust into a pivotal role in Labor's minority government, the time has come for them to rejig their policies and find a responsible middle ground between ideology and reality, says Paul Murray.

Who’s lobbying whom in the new paradigm?

September 16, 2010

The current Lobbyist Register is no longer good enough in a Parliament where anyone can pass or defeat a Bill. Time for it to be extended to every MP.

The Oz versus the Greens: well beyond the normal News Ltd bias

September 15, 2010 103

Judging by their frantic self-justification, the penny has dropped at The Australian that they have overplayed their hand in declaring their desire to destroy the Greens. We're used to News Ltd's bias, but this is something new.

Labor could block Coalition law-making … but probably won’t

September 9, 2010 4

Constitutional law experts have told Crikey that the Gillard government has the power to block funding for legislation passed by the opposition, as the crossbench MPs flirt with supporting the Coalition on some policy issues.

Parliament is hanging, but the economy won’t fall: economists

August 23, 2010

Australian stocks have failed to fall off a cliff this morning, despite the dire predictions of the conservative elements of the Australian media that suggested a hung parliament would create mayhem on the market.

Rudd and the battle for Melbourne: ‘I’m more progressive than you are’

August 19, 2010 5

As the battle for federal seat of Melbourne goes down to the wire, Greens candidate Adam Bandt has questioned Cath Bowtell's progressive credentials in a last ditch effort to woo traditional Labor voters.

Hartcher: The Greens are as red as ripe tomatoes

Hartcher: The Greens are as red as ripe tomatoes

August 19, 2010

Lack of climate change policy from both major parties has made the Greens' prospect of winning the balance of power in the Senate a virtual cert. But given their penchant for wealth redistribution, red is a much more appropriate colour to describe them, writes Peter Hartcher

Under the gum trees, the Greens declare fightback on refugees

Under the gum trees, the Greens declare fightback on refugees

July 9, 2010 19

The Greens say Australia has been dragged through another unedifying and embarrassing debate about refugees. But all is not lost -- Crikey's Andrew Crook was on the Greens stump.

Essential: Gillard strengthens Labor vote … just like Kevin

June 28, 2010 1

The ascension of Julia Gillard appears to have driven up Labor's primary vote -- but Kevin Rudd was already doing it. Nevertheless, Labor voters are happy with the change.

Battle for Melbourne: Greens buoyed by retirement of Lindsay Tanner

June 25, 2010 1

The Greens' candidate for the federal seat of Melbourne, Adam Bandt, has claimed the retirement of popular local member Lindsay Tanner has made the battle for control of the electorate more interesting."