A very big Thank You to everyone who helped out with the Newcastle and Charlestown by-election campaigns on the weekend.
With the Greens gaining 19.9% of the vote in Newcastle and leaping from 8.4% to 14.1% in Charlestown - this means nearly 1 in every 5 voters support our #Vote Clean message and indicates a strong, healthy growth in our constituency.
The Greens – no grave robbers but modern heirs
Crikey 23 October 2014
“Suck it up, comrades” I suspect would have been Gough Whitlam’s response to Labor charges that the Greens are political grave robbers, “stealing Gough” by honouring the memory of his radical reformism. One thing Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser came to agree on later in life, and I think we can accept Fraser’s testimony on this, is that both major parties have swung markedly to the Right. The rise of the Greens is partly an expression of this; they have occupied the ground that post-Whitlam Labor vacated to its Left.
This is Australian politics 101. When you get down to specifics, this process is obvious. Whitlam’s government abolished university fees. A later Labor government reintroduced them. The Greens opposed the reintroduction. Even in its last year the recent federal Labor government announced cuts of $2.3 billion in university funding, including over $1 billion cut from start-up scholarships for students from lower-income families. It was the Greens that opposed these moves and defended the Whitlam heritage.