Suddenly the Greens don’t appear to be the strength in Australian politics they would have you believe.
Now that the media — in the form of Australia’s biggest selling paper – has finally produced policies espoused by Greens dingbats, anyone who sticks up their hand as a supporter of Bob Brown’s raving loonies risks getting laughed out of town.
Trouble is Screaming Lord Sutch was taking the piss. Brown and his munchkins are deadly serious.
Here are some of their policies as presented by the Herald Sun and on their own web site:
The Greens manifesto backs official supply of the dangerous drug ecstasy as well as state-sanctioned heroin and marijuana sales at what it calls appropriate venues.
The ecstasy policy suggests distributing the drug to users while providing official information detailing the dangers of the drug.
On the bright side, their policies might create new jobs; in press-gangs for the bike industry:
Increase the proportion of bicycle trips to 20% by 2010
The bong must have been really flaring when they got round to formulating shipping policy:
Develop targets for the transfer of inter-regional and interstate freight from air and roads to trains and ships
Cap the number of port sites at the present number
Let’s see, they’re going to encourage more shipping but discourage more ports. Just what we need: crowded, inefficient ports with an ever-increasing risk of environmental accidents.
They’ve got a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict:
Reject violence and its promotion, particularly against civilians, whether perpetrated by a state, an organisation or individuals
The next time a murderous raghead slaughters innocent teens in a disco I’ll look forward to the Greens condemnation of the vile act. Strange, I haven’t heard of them doing it before.
They’re open-minded on the arts. Well as free-thinking as your run-of-the-mill tree-worshipping idealogue is permitted to be.
Believe that arts funding must be free from political and aesthetic manipulation
Er, just as some are more equal than others, some manipulation is really…. um, persuasion…?
Believe our publicly owned and funded arts institutions have a responsibility to promote environmentally sustainable work and recreational lifestyles through exhibitions, performances and public programs that acknowledge and promote Australia’s unique environment and immediate ecological needs
It’s on population where the Greens demonstrate the type of shallowness and confusion that defies comprehension:
Develop, through extensive community consultation, a population policy directed towards ecological sustainability and global social justice
human settlements should be designed and built to minimise environmental harm and maximise social well-being.
The Greens can undertake all the extensive community consultation they want, they wont find much agreement for this policy:
Call for asylum seekers who arrive without a valid visa to be housed in open reception centres until health and security checks are completed or 14 days has passed, whichever occurs first, and then assisted without delay to move into the community with appropriate support