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|Slogans:||The Time Is Now|
|Themes:||Socially progressive, economically left wing, pro-environment. Urgent need for climate action.|
|Electorates:||Upper House: All states br>
Lower House: Many electorates
|Preferences:||The preferences of the Greens are fairly unsurprising: a grab bag of other left-leaning parties with the ALP bringing up the rear. In between them, there’s the Victorian Socialists, the Animal Justice Party, Legalise Cannabis Australia and Reason, in that order. It’s not hard to look at that list and wonder if this isn’t organised in increasing order of electabililty, trying to ensure that the preference travels as little distance down as it has to.|
|Previous Reviews:||2019 — 2018 (VIC) — 2014 (VIC) — 2013 — 2010 — all these are on Cate Speaks|
Policies & Commentary
A heads-up: this is the party I’m going to be voting for. I agree with almost every part of their platform. So take what follows with as much salt as you deem necessary.
The Greens are finally, I think, beginning to shed the idea that they’re a single issue party, but just in case, their website contains many, many policies. There are, in fact, 98 individual policy areas in their handy A-Z list, most of them divided into further subsections. And while there is some overlap between them, it’s still a very wide offering – by comparison, the Liberal Party’s site lists 18 such areas, and in less detail.
I’m not going to go in and out of every policy here, since (a) you already know who the Greens are, and (b) I wouldn’t be finished before election day. There’s a lot here, and it’s all the kind of lefty progressive stuff you’d expect to see from the Greens. There’s a lot here about the environment, but there’s also their plan for the Federal ICAC (the one that almost every minor party wanting an ICAC is supporting), a tax on oligarch’s assets and income (which will help to fund a lot of their promises), support for the arts, health and education sectors, dental care in Medicare, increases in Centrelink payments, closure of corporate tax loopholes, cannabis legalisation, a lot of support for first nations people and institutions (and a lot of first nations representation among their candidates, too), and so much more. I’m just going to pick out a few things that strike as not offered by anyone else.
There’s $68.5 million to provide free period products in all schools to improve students’ health and wellbeing, reduce period stigma, and ensure that no student has to skip school during their period, a compensation scheme, providing each survivor with a $200,000 payment to support them and their families for descendants of the Stolen Generations, a promise to look after people working in the coal, oil and gas industries, with a Job for Job Guarantee and financial security for coal workers based on scheme with which Germany was able to successfully phase out their coal industry without a single worker losing their job. There’s – and damn, this is a good enough policy that I think I’d vote Green solely on the basis of it – a Royal Commission in the Murdoch media empire to look into its market dominance and its impact on democracy in Australia, a first home buyer’s plan that’s even more generous than the ALP’s, high speed rail from Melbourne to Brisbane (just when they were looking so good), and a plan to restore public ownership of essential services and fund our public services properly, instead of giving billions to big corporations.
And then, of course, there was the inevitable question “how do they plan to pay for all of this?” Generally, the question is asked by someone who intends it to be rhetorical, but the Greens actually have an answer for it, right here. In case you don’t want to read the whole thing, the key summary is: The Greens will tax oligarchs, require big corporations making excessive profits to pay a ‘corporate super-profits tax’, axe billions of dollars in handouts to the coal, oil and gas giants that are driving the climate crisis, and make profitable big corporations pay back the JobKeeper they pocketed. All of which sounds eminently sensible, and to forestall the equally inevitable next objection, the Greens state: Calculations independently confirmed by the Parliamentary Budget Office.
Well, I already told you that they have my vote. I think they should have yours too, but that’s your decision.
Just a reminder that Maz and I lack the necessary Eurovision knowledge to choose the songs that Catherine liked to include, but we’d love to see what you suggest in the comments below 🙂