More members quit Greens as environmentalists “no longer welcome”

By Leith van Onselen

Back in December, New South Wales MP Jeremy Buckingham ripped up his membership at a press conference and quit the Greens describing the party as “toxic” and “no longer focused on the environment”.

Then last month, a long-term parliamentary staffer, Jack Gough, also resigned, claiming the hard-left faction in the NSW Greens is determined to focus on a quixotic campaign to dismantle capitalism, rather than environmental issues.

Now, a prominent councillor who was about to contest the federal seat of Bennelong has quit the Greens because she feels environmentalists are “not welcome” in the party. From The Daily Telegraph:

City of Ryde councillor Edwina Clifton said she quit the Greens in December because she did not believe the party had the “capacity to be effective” on climate change and environment issues.

“The internal fighting has pitted the environmentalists against those concerned with social issues,” she said…

“I think to a certain degree the #MeToo movement has been weaponised for political gain…

Too right. However, the Greens don’t even know what socialism is. It may be internationalist but it’s not about open borders to the benefit of globe trotting corporations.

Sadly, the identity politics Greens have become the useful idiots of blood-sucking capitalism via their extremist support for environmental and worker-destroying mass immigration. This has given the open borders right cover to arbitrage and lower labour costs across different countries and jurisdictions.

Someone should sue the Greens to get the name back.

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  1. NSW Greens is determined to focus on a quixotic campaign to dismantle capitalism

    we wish, what actually happened is that greens became pro-capitalist neoliberal party hiding behind fake left social issue ideology
    the only left economics policies they still have are those they know will never happen, in meanwhile they support business friendly policies

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      Yes I agree.
      They are University educated Careerist “left wing establishment” types who couldn’t give 2 fks about representing the interests of working class and poor.
      This makes them a “FAKE LEFT”.
      Representing the interests of the working class does not require the “smashing” of Capitalism, but it does require capitalism being put on a tight democratic leash.
      The establishment left Greens believe they have all the answers and thus are entitled to rule without having to Democratically consult with the plebs, this makes them a bunch of Right wingers in my view, just of a different flavor or “Religion” ie Social progressivism & intersectionality vs. Social conservatism.
      Those differences aside they are pro authoritarian bourgeoisie right wingers.

      Like Keating said,…its the Economy stupid.
      All other “left/right issues” are allowed so much oxygen to simply keep the plebs divided and the fk out of the way of Plutocracy and economic decision making.

      • “believe they have all the answers and thus are entitled to rule without having to Democratically consult with the plebs,”
        This makes them politicians, of all stripes and tribes. left or right.

      • Actually, ‘it’s the environment stupid’ is the phrase you are looking for. Our oceans run to plastic, our land turns to dust. Biodiversity is collapsing the world over, our cities are now crush-loaded meaningless productivity and consumption, we know this, we see it every day.

        The simple growth economics of the past is over.

  2. SJWs ruin everything.
    I’ve met a few. Only one had enough brains to debate the argument at hand without insults.

    • If you have nothing of substance to debate with, you resort to insults, every time.

      The Greens were once a relevant movement. No longer.

  3. The Greens were infiltrated and taken over by nutty ex-communists and other such far-left lunatics and SJW detritus, and environmentalists haven’t been welcome there for a long time. They are all about ending capitalism, global open borders and other such absurdities now.

    Any party that would contemplate putting a deranged crackpot like Lee Whatsername-Brown-Rhiannon-Thingy into parliament obviously has no connection with reality. Nobody should vote for these fools.

    It’s a shame really. Hopefully they will be justifiably annihilated at the next election, after which they can disappear up their own fundaments and never be heard from again.

    • It’s pretty funny actually. A lot of the public attention goes to the far right nutters, but equally the far left nutters in the Greens have really come up and dominate the party politics. I know a lot of hardline hippy ex-greens (like actualy involved in party not just voting for them) and they are barely hanging on by a thread with many switching to ALP.

    • In the late 60s and early 70s the saying “Think globally, act locally” was popularised and urged people to consider environmental action in their own communities and cities. This was the basis of individuals and communities coming together even before governments began enforcing environmental laws.

      Today, as practitioners of global identity politics, this changed what business The Greens are in. As they became stacked with closet revolutionaries trying to put the world right first, they now see every environmental issue through an ideological lens as a sub-set of racism, power, patriarchy and rights etc.

      Their belief system has cashed in local environmental issues for global political ambition that sees the professional politician of todays “Greens” clamber for their 15 minutes in committees and conferences, rubbing shoulders with an elite and getting high on a parochialism and power cocktail. Now they are jet-setters far too busy pretending to be players in the global revolution against capitalism, sexism, the transphobic hoards and armies of racists gathering in inner-city cafes to be bothered with true local environmentalism and sustainability.

      In their view, Australian mass immigration and the crushing of our national amenity and environmental quality through Big Australia is a small sacrifice for Australians to pay for The Greens ideological purity. A sustainable population would be racist you see.

      With a cuck for a leader and ideological nepotism and cronyism driving their policy ambition their primary weakness is held up as strength. This has gone off the scale.

      For example, two high profile Tasmanian Greens (Cassy O’Connor and Nick McKim) split with their partners and shacked up together. Cassy O’Connor’s son who is trans and an employee of the ABC has made this a special flagship issue of the Tasmanian Greens:

      https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-22/gender-crusade-personal-for-tas-green-cassy-oconnor/10520226

      That got good coverage on the ABC – funny that.

      In doing so Cassie O’C managed to split the feminist vote by demanding barking-mad legislative change where biological men will be able to use any female designated space (i.e. toilets, changing rooms etc) if they ‘self-identify’ as women.

      You can’t make this sh*t up.

      So, you may well vote for a Greens member for environmental action in Tasmania but what you get in reality is kitchen table politics from a family elite who will take the party down the road that matches their personal ideology and experience – and to hell with grass roots environmental issues. Pretty much the same has happened in NSW; personal ideological agendas have suffocated environmentalism. Federally, The Greens get into endless senate debates about personal slurs, insults and ‘isms and ‘who said what to whom’ – and think this is striking a blow.

      It is truly pathetic and cringeworthy politics that’s ‘all about them’ and their parochial virtues and personal hurts. It’s ideological capture and a psychological corruption of the environmental movement.

      Conjoining radical Left agendas and personal animus with true environmentalism was a marriage that any thinking person could always see would end up in divorce. Now we just need to wait and see how acrimonious it will become before the bleeding obvious sinks in and people abandon this party of puffed up ecological traitors and shallow egotists in droves.

      • Couldn’t have said it better myself mate. If you’re ever in Canberra, look me up. We can spend some time over a couple of beers contemplating the joys of intersectionality, critical theory etc. My shout. 🙂

      • Cassy O’Conner is the worst kind of Tasmanian Green. A NIMBY blow-in from Canberra.

      • John Howards Bowling Coach

        Sarah Hanson Young is the embodiment of all you describe and she is far from the worst of them. But given from what I can see the only job she has ever held outside politics was a junior bank teller she’s almost normal for people with no life experience I.E. essentially still an undergraduate full of ideology no real world application. These people get mentally hijacked by people who have an agenda of any kind and because it’s the us v them type of thinking it’s all too easy to imagine the world has endless money to fund pipe dreams, like an art student chasing grant funds for some useless project that no one really understand much less wants.

  4. Bunch of Marxists running the Greens. The Van Badham sorts. Just call it the Social Justice Party. Much more worried about pay gaps, and wh1te male toxic masculinity than the actual environment.

    You can’t love the Environment and love mass immigration.

  5. In the late 60s and early 70s the saying “Think globally, act locally” was popularised and urged people to consider environmental action in their own communities and cities. This was the basis of individuals and communities coming together even before governments began enforcing environmental laws.

    Today, as practitioners of global identity politics, this changed what business The Greens are in. As they became stacked with closet revolutionaries trying to put the world right first, they now see every environmental issue through an ideological lens as a sub-set of racism, power, patriarchy and rights etc.

    Their belief system has cashed in local environmental issues for global political ambition that sees the professional politician of todays “Greens” clamber for their 15 minutes in committees and conferences, rubbing shoulders with an elite and getting high on a parochialism and power cocktail. Now they are jet-setters far too busy pretending to be players in the global revolution against capitalism, sexism, the transphobic hoards and armies of racists gathering in inner-city cafes to be bothered with true local environmentalism and sustainability.

    In their view, Australian mass immigration and the crushing of our national amenity and environmental quality through Big Australia is a small sacrifice for Australians to pay for The Greens ideological purity. A sustainable population would be racist you see.

    With a cuck for a leader and ideological nepotism and cronyism driving their policy ambition their primary weakness is held up as strength. This has gone off the scale.

    For example, two high profile Tasmanian Greens (Cassy O’Connor and Nick McKim) split with their partners and shacked up together. Cassy O’Connor’s son who is trans and an employee of the ABC has made this a special flagship issue of the Tasmanian Greens:

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-22/gender-crusade-personal-for-tas-green-cassy-oconnor/10520226

    That got good coverage on the ABC – funny that.

    In doing so Cassie O’C managed to split the feminist vote by demanding barking-mad legislative change where biological men will be able to use any female designated space (i.e. toilets, changing rooms etc) if they ‘self-identify’ as women.

    You can’t make this sh*t up.

    So, you may well vote for a Greens member for environmental action in Tasmania but what you get in reality is kitchen table politics from a family elite who will take the party down the road that matches their personal ideology and experience – and to hell with grass roots environmental issues. Pretty much the same has happened in NSW; personal ideological agendas have suffocated environmentalism. Federally, The Greens get into endless senate debates about personal slurs, insults and ‘isms and ‘who said what to whom’ – and think this is striking a blow.

    It is truly pathetic and cringeworthy politics that’s ‘all about them’ and their parochial virtues and personal hurts. It’s ideological capture and a psychological corruption of the environmental movement.

    Conjoining radical Left agendas and personal animus with true environmentalism was a marriage that any thinking person could always see would end up in divorce. Now we just need to wait and see how acrimonious it will become before the bleeding obvious sinks in and people abandon this party of puffed up ecological traitors and shallow egotists in droves.

    • Power corrupts as they say. The greens fall began as soon as they combined into the greens party in the early 90’s.
      Before that time the various grassroots environmental groups were full of people that actually cared about the environment. Once the greens were established as a unified force, that central power attracted the worst kinds of people, as it always does, and you end up here.

  6. michael francis

    I’m an LGBTQIA(WTF) female cross dressing Aboriginal Muslim with a disabilty and the Greens welcomed me with open arms.

  7. True, but it seems like a smaller story than the more liberal Liberals leaving the Liberal party – it’s the end, uh?

    • Probably busy drafting legislation for parliament figuring out new ways to control more of our lives for the “safety” of all of us. Doing god’s work and all that.

  8. bolstroodMEMBER

    Having been a Greens member who was active in election campaigns and against CSG in the northern rivers,and who left the party 5 yeras ago because of the factional warfare,Ican speak from experience. I joined the Greens in the late 1990’s because they were the only party opposing Howards illegal war in Iraq and they advocated taking action on Climate Change .
    I will be handing out for the Greens candidate in the seat of Lismore, Sue Higginson.
    Why ?
    Because Sue is an Environment activist .She was at the barricades at Terrania Creek in the 80’s, she spent 10 years as the senior solicitor at the Environmental Defenders Office in NSW, and she was very active in keeping the Northern Rivers, and NSW Coal Seam Gas Free. Sue is intent on saving our forests and the living communities they support.She has paid her dues.She is by far the best candidate standing for Lismore.
    I think we are standing on the brink of runaway climate catastrophe and will only vote for candidates whose aim is to take meaningful action to limit the damage we are inflicting on life on Earth.
    I do not support what the NSW Greens have become.

    • Interesting insight, I agree whole heartedly, just wish I could actually vote for a party that stood for this and not all the other rubbish.

    • Sue Higginson is the best Greens candidate for Lismore until a woman with a penis rocks up, makes her totally irrelevant because *woman with a penis*, and takes the spot because *entitlement*, and you can’t argue because *free Palestine*.

      • I’m not sure Northern Rivers folk are into all that… They are an earthy sort

  9. The world over we are realising that the environment, the planet, is failing. Endless economic growth is a myth. So we have started looking about, who really is standing up for the failing biodivisity, the disappearing forests, the dying oceans? It turns out it is only a small fringe group of committed environmentalists whose political movement has become intermingled with progressive ideology.

    But perhaps we should not be too fast to hand out distain, when what we are really doing is wondering why our ideology, the labour movement, the conservative movement has failed so catastrophically to be a steward for our environment, has so easily sold our environment to neoliberal growth ideology?

    • If the Greens combined real environmental protection with a few nutty Far Left ideas, it would not be so bad, but their Far Left ideas are actually undermining the environment. The worst is Big Australia, because it has the potential to undermine every single environmental issue. All will be sacrificed to human needs. Building housing estates on koala habitat? People need somewhere to live. Letting irrigators extract too much water from the rivers? People need the water, and they need the foreign exchange provided by crops those irrigators are growing. The list could go on. No one expects much from the ignorant and corrupt dinosaurs running the major parties, but pretending to defend the environment while doing everything that you can to undermine it is a higher level of evil.

      • I agree. I’m not defending the progressive ideology that has undermined the Greens environmental credibility, it has ultimately made environmental goals harder. Open border ideology in particular has facilitated untold harm to the environment.

        However, if we are honest, the angst people now feel as they see our environment collapse is not the fault of the small group of environmentalists that have found themselves intermingled with progressive ideology. It is actually because our major parties and our major economics ideologies have failed us completely. It is definitely time for a centrist environmental party.

  10. Greens are the great betrayers in Aus politics. Worst of the lot. The rest never pretended to be decent, always corrupt. Got caught by the Great Forest FundRaising. Predators on idealists young and old, people hopeful that by giving and working hard can improve the lot of our land, our country.

    • That’s not true. The Labor Party has consistently pretended to support labour whilst constantly undermining wages and conditions for the growth economics rewards that fell to the party insiders. The LNP has consistently pretended to be fiscal and economic conservatives whilst racking up huge debts and supporting crony capitalism.

  11. So political parties can be infiltrated by groups with a new agenda. An attempt was made by neonazi’s on the Nationals, religious extremists seem to have taken over the Liberals and faux globalist left wing extremists have taken over the Greens. Who’s in charge at the ALP? Strange times.

      • Morgs, I think you’re right. All stops will be pulled to support the building industry. I don’t think there is anything that can be done to hold up property prices though. New entrants to Australia mostly won’t be able to afford a house/ unit unless prices drop much more than they have so far and only money launderers will be left in the investor class – the rest will want capital gain which is unlikely for years to come..

  12. Let’s not forgot Sarah. She is officially the Greens Economics spokesperson but to my knowledge has not made an economic comment and still thinks she’s the immigration spokeperson.

  13. John Howards Bowling Coach

    The concern is that a party like Sustainable Australia could easily fall into this same trap as the Greens if they manage to win a few seats. The party can be hijacked by extremists or slowly evolve into a Nazi party or any other misdirection from actually driving some thing great for the nation due to the fact it’s not yet established. Even the major parties are easily subject to redirection by those seeking power. Politics is like honey to those seeking power to push their own agenda and a political party is really just the vehicle they use to get there. Abbott, Scumo, Hockey, Turnbull, Shorten, et al. None of them are really that ideologically different, they all just seek power to push their own agenda and pin themselves to whichever flag they feel can hoist them highest up the flagpole. No different to the dictators who use Marxism to convince their peasant army to bloodshed in their foolish believe they’ll get their share after they install a dictator in the throne of the current powermonger… Any thinking man could see it’s never going to end well for the peasants.