The Greens: worse than cockroaches
The bloody Greens call themselves a major party and if that’s how they see themselves, well and good. That puts them in the same box as Labor and the Liberals a perfect trio of who not to vote for at the federal elections. Given the atrocious state of politics today and the dross that heads it the nation needs a clean sweep. How could it get any worse? The bureaucrats pull most of the strings anyway.
A former Victorian Greens MP has sensationally resigned from the party, lashing out at what she says is a “toxic” culture within its ranks. Ms Dunn was the Upper House MP for the Eastern Metropolitan region for a single term, losing her seat at the 2018 election. In a scathing post on Facebook, Ms Dunn denied her decision to quit was triggered by her election loss.
Former Victorian Greens MP Samantha Dunn quits over party’s ‘toxic’ culture
“I didn’t resign because I lost my seat …I resigned because the Greens are too toxic to be part of my life anymore,” she said.
“The standard you walk by is the standard you accept, and I’m not prepared to walk by and accept any more of the culture, behaviours and practice I see in the Greens.
“The Greens are distracted by populism, self-interest, power, ego, narcissism, megalomania … while exercising that old-war strategy of divide and conquer.”
Ahead of the last election there was speculation the Greens may win enough seats to hold the balance of power in the Lower House.
While the party picked up the seat of Brunswick, it lost the recently gained seat of Northcote and lost four seats in the Upper House.
Ms Dunn said the Greens lacked the ability to “critically self-reflect” on any shortcomings.
“The Greens vote dropped in every Upper House seat, the vote dropped across the state in the Lower House … in the Greens safest Upper House seat, Northern Metro, the vote dropped.
“If this is what success looks like then the benchmark is very low.”
Greens beset by scandal
The party’s tilt at the federal seat of Batman was derailed by allegations of bullying against its candidate, Alex Bhathal, who resigned from the party in February, citing problems with governance.
Its Victorian election campaign was also beset by scandal, with one candidate accused of sexual misconduct and another forced to apologise after using degrading terms in a rap song he wrote about women.
Today I resigned from the Greens, not because I don’t care about the environment and climate change, I care more than ever.
I didn’t resign because I lost my seat, I have been very supportive and loyal over the past 15 years, I resigned because the Greens are too toxic to be part of my life anymore.
The standard you walk by is the standard you accept, and I’m not prepared to walk by and accept any more of the culture, behaviours and practice I see in the Greens. …
The party has had other problems.
A staffer accused former Greens leader Greg Barber of sexism and the complaint was settled, with Mr Barber conceding it was true.
Ms Dunn said the party could not manage conflict and its probity processes lacked the rigour required to preselect candidates.
“The Greens’ aversion to conflict resolution means that tensions fester, no-one is ever pulled up for poor behaviours, the behaviours escalate and become legitimised because no-one ever says no or stop it or that’s inappropriate,” she said.
“The paralysis embedded in the culture of the Greens in terms of dealing with poor behaviours has created a toxic mire.”
In a statement, the party’s co-conveners said they were disappointed Ms Dunn had left the party.
“Samantha is a committed activist dedicated to saving Victoria’s forests and protecting the environment and we wish Samantha well for the future,” it said.
“As is normal practice, the party is conducting a review into the 2018 state election, and is committed to learning the lessons from that campaign.”
Responding to a question on her Facebook post, Ms Dunn said she would continue to vote for the party.