I used to be highly critical of The Greens under the leadership of Christine Milne, who I viewed as a tad “loopy” and incapable of forming genuine workable policies across a broad range of areas.
Not anymore. Since senator Richard Di Natale took over the leadership in May, the Greens have become a beacon of light in an otherwise dysfunctional parliament.
Under Di Natale, the Greens quickly changed track and supported the Government’s fuel excise re-indexation (opposed by Labor).
The Greens then implemented as policy reform to Australia’s inefficient and inequitable housing tax concessions (opposed by the Government).
And it is the Greens that almost single handedly opposed the Government’s draconian and expensive metadata scheme.
For anyone still doubting the new found capability of the Greens, check-out Richard Di Natale’s appearance on The Bolt Report yesterday (above), whereby he runs rings around presenter, Andrew Bolt, and comes across as eminently sensible on a range of issues.
With the major parties offering a choice between dumb and dumber, the Greens are now emerging as a genuine political alternative, thanks to the leadership of Di Natale and highly capable MPs like Scott Ludlam and Peter Whish-Wilson.