War The Greens’ new voters didn’t ask for these disastrous trans and flag culture wars

War The Greens’ new voters didn’t ask for these disastrous trans and flag culture wars

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The half a million new supporters will be devastated that the party is pushing elite issues when it should be standing for the many, not the few.

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Federally the Greens are screwing up, a mere four weeks after sweeping to a triumph at the election. But their party leadership knows this. The Victorian branch stoush over the election of convenor Linda Gale, and the question of trans issues, was the start. Now leader Adam Bandt’s refusal to stand next to the Australian flag has given them the quinella.

A party that gained about half a million new voters based on a campaign that tied global climate issues to local inequality, such as the housing crisis, has reverted to ridiculous culture wars. Many people beyond their core voter base will be dismayed that they have snapped into that sort of stuff immediately. 

Their dismay will be shared by the leadership, which would have wanted neither controversy.

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Guy Rundle

Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle is correspondent-at-large for Crikey. He is also an associate editor at Arena Quarterly and contributes to a variety of publications in Australia and the United Kingdom.

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