8315Re: Need comment re 'Militant' take on Australia election
- Aug 11, 2004"paperclay_man" wrote:
> The whole future trajectory of either the Greens of the Alliance isExactly.
> a matter of supposition. Read into it what you will -- it isn't
> written in stone.
> However, on the question of the Iraq war and the Greens it needs to
> be pointed out that the original difference lay between Allan
> Bradley, a member of the QLD Greens, and Robert Allen who I guess
> is a member of the NSW Greens.
To go back to basics: many Green parties around the world have taken
dodgy positions at one time or other. This can not be ruled out for
the Australian Greens.
The Greens are an ideologically heterogeneous group. This is overlaid
by some rather byzantine personality clashes. For example, it is not
entirely clear which of the factions currently competing for the
leadership of Queensland Greens would be preferable. In the past some
fairly dodgy characters have risen to positions of leadership and
have had to be removed. This can happen again.
In addition, it is not inconceivable that liberal illusions in
outfits like the UN could become widespread within the party.
For a specific example, I'm a little nervous about the Sudan
question. Toowoomba is one of the preferred immigration destinations
for African immigrants. As a result, we have a relatively large
Sudanese population. What I fear is that the sympathy local leftists
feel for this community may result in support for a potential
imperialist intervention against the Sudan.
There is nothing inevitable in the evolution of the Australian
Greens. So far we have been fortunate in that it has generally staked
out a position to the left of many of its international co-thinkers.
It is not clear that it will always continue to do so.
Of course, I am a pessimist and a hardened cynic, so you will have to
excuse me for expecting the worst.
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