Two articles in The Australian explore the impact of Greens policies. The first is an op-ed from Arthur Sinodinos, who says we need not look beyond Tasmania.
We have seen the Green future and it is Tasmania, which has long been an economic and social laboratory for the Greens. The Labor-Greens government is floundering. The Greens’ leader, Nick McKim, has tried to have it both ways. He wants a say in running the state but reserves the right to dissent from government decisions. The doctrine of collective cabinet responsibility no longer applies in Tasmania.
Recently, McKim threatened to shadow a bipartisan business mission overseas to sabotage its efforts to promote Tasmanian forestry. The Greens are happy to harass and cripple Tasmanian forestry through legislation and action on the ground. McKim warned off a potential investor in the Gunns pulp mill by claiming there would be a backlash if that investment went ahead.
The Greens want to transform Tasmania into a giant national park, replete with politically correct eco-tourism and kept afloat by commonwealth subventions. McKim should focus more on diversifying the economic base and creating a first-class education system in a state where so many teenagers leave school without adequate literacy and numeracy.
The second relates to the Indigenous community, with Warren Mundine the latest Labor figure to go after the Greens.
“I say to (Attorney-General) Nicola Roxon and (Indigenous Affairs Minister) Jenny Macklin, they need to be convening meetings with the opposition and designing an economic package,” Mr Mundine, who is on the Right of the Labor Party, told The Australian yesterday.
“If they put it in a broad economic package, the opposition will work with them. We have to do that because the Greens are anti-development on Aboriginal land, which means we will stay in poverty our entire lives.
“They need a bipartisan approach and push those mad Greenies out of the way.
“What development agreements that have created lots of jobs and lots of economic benefits have they really supported?”