Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Senator Bob Brown of the Australian Greens was interviewed the other day about voting reform. To explain to my overseas reader(s), in Australia, preferential voting is used in the lower house, and the upper house uses proportional representation. He remarked how in his view, it was unjust that it was possible for a certain minor party Senator from Victoria to be elected with 1 per cent of the vote, and yet hold the balance of power in the Senate, alongside Nick Xenophon (IND, South Australia). He’s not perfect, but I think that having him in that position is preferable to the Greens.
I’ve met a couple of Greens candidates. I always make a point of talking to them whenever I see them out in the street handing out pamphlets. There's only certain parts of their platform that I agree with. I agree that we need to reorient our economy towards renewable energy and away from fossil fuels, and have decent, accessible health care and education. Who could argue against that? Then again, they also champion a myriad of other fashionable causes that are popular with the progressive inner city AB demographic.
It strikes me as inconsistent that the Greens oppose cruelty to animals, but don't have a problem with abortion. There's also no way I could ever vote for a party that supports voluntary euthanasia, untrammelled marital and adoption rights for same sex couples, and has a weak stance against illicit drugs. The problem is that when you talk to them they seem so benign and idealistic, yet as a whole their policies are radically evil. I pray that they never hold the balance of power in the Senate, or achieve their ambition of forming a Green government. If they did I'd have to do something drastic and go into self-imposed exile overseas.