Letter: Something To Agree Upon?
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Letter: Something To Agree Upon?

Letter: Something To Agree Upon?

To spend or not to spend? Civil Partnership or Gay Marriage? GP co-payment or no GP co-payment? To privatise or not to privatise?

The list of policy that the Liberal and Labor continue to disagree upon is infinite. Most would assume little prospects of bipartisanship in the state of our current political disparity, however, such prospects are not so limited. A light of hope can be shone on to the dismal vision of Australian politics, illuminating the path to bipartisanship. A Green light.

The Australian Greens frustrate both sides of politics, but the left finds their presence particularly irksome, even though progressive values are shared. However, it seems the friction created by the Australian Greens is not a matter of policy difference but rather conduct. To be frank, they are a nuisance, often appearing as a ‘Labor-Parrot’ faction who propose and take credit for similar reforms. They are quick to judge while they themselves hold (and will only ever hold) little power to implement policy and be judged themselves.

It is their cohort of politically disillusioned members who will prevent the party from ever creating a formal coalition with Labor (and therefore having a proper say in parliament). However, it’s hard to see the feasibility of these hyper-critical, self-righteous academics functioning properly as a government. To be a political leader and a part of a governing party involves a lot more effort than simply yelling criticisms over to the other side of the footy field. Politicians need to act like players, they need to function within a dynamic game that is constantly calling them to change. If the Green team is ever to partake in the game of governance they need to acquire the capabilities to enter the real world of compromise and accountability that is necessary for political change.

Old Greens are difficult, but the young Greens, their offspring, are practically impossible. The grass roots and far-left hacks who dominate the SRC and other aspects of Student Politics have proven themselves to be extremely antagonistic. A minor encounter with student politics and union board squabbles reveals the pathological hatred the Greens have for their left wing counterparts, featuring ridiculous levels of antagonism, sabotage and disparity.

Ironically, the Greens and their behaviour actually prevent the progressive reform that they seek. Instead of hiding in their hipster cafes, holding discussion groups and rallies about inequality and writing many essays, these mainstream political-exiles need to actually contribute to reform. Instead of a ‘holier-than-thou’ mentality, they should seek to work and negotiate with their natural allies in Labor, increasing numbers and contributing to shifting the balance of power when important decisions are being made; on the student political stage and beyond.

(Note: such efforts could take away from their time usually spent reading Lenin’s pamphlets and waiting for the revolution.)

This supposedly alternative party is not much more than a bunch of pacified individuals who are content with not contributing in any meaningful way to the parliamentary system, but appearing to be very moral and conscientious contributors to greater society. How funny.

Both major parties are tired of watching the Greens sit back and shout criticisms at leaders for difficult decisions that they will never have to make. So if there is one thing that they agree on, surely it is an utter dislike for the Greens?



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