Breaking News: Bob Brown resigns

Bob Brown has resigned as Greens leader and will leave the Senate in June.

Update: Christine Milne now leader.

Update II: Bob Brown just said that Australia was the wealthiest per capita country on the face of the Earth. Not sure that is correct – certainly not per capita income.

Update III: Brown – ‘Greens on the way to be a future government’.

Update IV: Brown – ‘None of us are individuals’.

Update V: Adam Bandt is deputy leader.

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224 Responses to Breaking News: Bob Brown resigns

  1. JC

    Don’t cheer for too long, their next candidate from the Greek isle of Tasmania could make repugnant Rhiannon look like Hayek.

    I’m not at all optimistic about the petulant fuckhead’s resignation because it could mean he’s losing control of the party to the Leninist and Stalinst wings and wants out. In some ways Brown was actually the moderate I reckon.

  2. Token

    Did he finally get the phone call from the Aliens in response to the Earthian letter?

  3. Gab

    Perhaps the aliens finally telephoned Bob.

  4. Bill

    Shocked me!! I was sure he’d stick it out at least until the election. Was it the “Earthian” speech?

    How long will Tubbsie last before she is airbrushed from history by the Stalinist faction?

  5. JC

    Here’s Tubbsie Milne telling the public they are living in the Age of Stupid.

    It doesn’t apply to her though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SxkOFrNrTA

  6. Bill

    JC, I’m optimistic that the petulant fuckhead has lost out to the Stalinists. If so it should mean no more Greens quite soon.

  7. JC

    Why Bill? The former KGB operative was elected to the senate.

  8. Nic

    Great, can’t wait to be lectured by not one but two rotund school marms as if im a three year old.

  9. Supplice

    Hoping Hanson-Young has another tilt at the top job, then Rhiannon fragments them even further.

  10. candy

    He may be ill with something, he’s elderly.

  11. candy

    Ms Hanson-Young would bring in a whole batch of fresh young voters their main supporters, they would do well with her rather than Ms Milne.

  12. Bill

    She was only elected on a “flag of convenience” basis. BB has long been their only presentable asset, and a very effective parliamentary performer.

  13. Gab

    losing control of the party to the Leninist and Stalinst wings

    Excellent. May they speak out loud and often,

  14. Sinclair Davidson

    Brown on Sky now.

  15. Gab

    Did Brown just say “death of talent” in the party? Sure sounded like it.

  16. JC

    He may be ill with something, he’s elderly.

    Could be, Candy. He’s quite obviously suffered early onset dementia so the illness could be taking a turn for the worse as we saw with his ET speech.

    Ms Hanson-Young would bring in a whole batch of fresh young voters their main supporters, they would do well with her rather than Ms Milne.

    mmeehh a choice between dumb and dumber.

  17. Carpe Jugulum

    Diddums Bob Brown, Diddums.

  18. Nic

    Hanson-Young? A smug cheshire cat.

  19. Gab

    He may be ill with something,

    Doesn’t sound like it given his listing of what he will be involved with next.

  20. C.L.

    He’s chickening out. The game is up for the Greens. He wants to finish on top, so to speak.

    I expect Windsor will announce his retirement soon too.

  21. Carpe Jugulum

    Hanson-Young? A smug cheshire cat.

    Morticia Addams & cousin Its love child

  22. JC

    Doesn’t sound like it given his listing of what he will be involved with next.

    Focus on bringing the Tasmanian economy to its knees finally. He clearly hasn’t done enough to really screw it good and proper.

  23. hammygar

    His resignation comes as a great shock. He’ll be an enormous loss, not only to the Greens but to all of Australia. Hope he’s not seriously ill as some commenters have speculated.

  24. Biota

    Nah, he will be devoting time to become the first global president.

  25. Gab

    You ought to go and cry over at LP, hammy,…oh wait…

  26. C.L.

    His resignation comes as a great shock. He’ll be an enormous loss, not only to the Greens but to all of Australia.

    Ahahahaha.

  27. Sancho

    Keep up the predictions of the Greens’ impending doom. Maybe you’ll look back at this thread some day and notice where you put the anchor down in time and let the 21st century drift away.

  28. Gab

    This is Abbott’s fault, of course.

  29. Toxic

    He must’ve collapsed under the weight of all that media scrutiny.

  30. selen234

    Greatly admired as a decent guy all round despite the politics

    Hope hes ok and not ill as suggested

  31. Sinclair Davidson

    Og course he’ll be a huge loss. Milne isn’t dumb enough to talk about Earthians phoning up.

  32. dover_beach

    Has something of moment happened?

  33. papachango

    I’d have preferred Lee Rhiannon to take over. She doesn’t beat about the bush pretending to care for the environment like the others, she gets to the real agenda of militant communism.

  34. Rococo Liberal

    Bob Brownshirt, gone. WHo will the lefty media have to suck up to now?

  35. H B Bear

    Bob Brown joins the rest of Tasmania on Commonwealth welfare.

  36. Bill

    Hammy, it’s an enormous loss to all occupants of the Orion Arm of the Milky Way.

  37. Carpe Jugulum

    He must’ve collapsed under the weight of all that media scrutiny.

    Champagne Comedy.

  38. Gab

    Yep, Milne currently blaming Abbott, in a very screechy voice.

  39. Nic

    Not to mention his fondness for Uranus.

  40. Tom

    What did Hunter S. Thompson call Hubert Humphrey? “A treacherous, gutless old ward-heeler who should be put in a goddamn bottle and sent out with the Japanese current”? Sounds about right for this Australian vermin. P*** off, Bob.

  41. Bill

    Yep, Abbott’s negativity has now destroyed one opposition leader and two prime ministers. Surviving prime minister is in critical condition, not expected to survive.

  42. C.L.

    Update IV: Brown – ‘None of us are individuals’.

    LOL.

  43. Pedro the Ignorant

    He’s chickening out. The game is up for the Greens.

    -CL.

    My first thoughts on the reason for Bob’s “retirement”. He has seen the writing on the wall (or received prior information from the aliens) and is running for cover before the imminent electoral train smash.

  44. candy

    Ms Hanson-Young would have got the media and public better because of her nice looks and she’s a mother too, guess she be a little inexperienced,but

  45. Gab

    Brown: “None of us are individuals”, spoken like the true leader of the Borg.

  46. C.L.

    Yep, Abbott’s negativity has now destroyed one opposition leader and two prime ministers. Surviving prime minister is in critical condition, not expected to survive.

    Good point, Bill.

    Abbott has wiped out Rudd, Gillard and now Brown.

  47. lotocoti

    Lee Rhiannon just hit buy now on an icepick from EBay.

  48. Pedro the Ignorant

    guess she be a little inexperienced, but she is a dingbat

    candy.

    Finished your post for you.

  49. JC

    Bob Brown just said that Australia was the wealthiest per capita country on the face of the Earth. Not sure that is correct – certainly not per capita income.

    No Bob, it not true. We would be if you and your cult simply fucked off out here and never came back.

  50. Tom

    Any psephologists out there know the mechanics of what happens next? Can Greens nominate a replacement like the major parties to sit until next year’s half-Senate election (When Brown would have been facing re-election with Hanson-Young and Ludlum)?

  51. Gab

    Bob’s greatest legacy is the current state of Tasmania.

  52. H B Bear

    Nobody wants a split watermelon.

  53. Peter Whiteford

    According to the Credit Suisse 2011 wealth report at https://infocus.credit-suisse.com/data/_product_documents/_shop/323525/2011_global_wealth_report.pdf

    “In 2011, average wealth in Australia, at
    USD 397,000, was second highest in the world – after
    Switzerland and ahead of Norway. More surprisingly, perhaps, its median wealth of USD 222,000 is the highest in the world.”

  54. selen234

    Dr Natale displays a wide grin indeed during the news conference

  55. brc

    Wait – is he leaving the senate right now, today? Or is this down the track?

    I’m happy he will no longer be ranting.

    Sure, his bizarre rants should have turned off voters, but the media treated him like a loveable crazy uncle.

    Wait til Milne does some screeching at the rest of us. The voters should start to leave in inreasing frequency.

    I do hope they come up with some more marxism though. That would be good for a laugh.

    Not many parties survive the difficult second leader period. I expect the Greens to be the same.

  56. JC

    Tough but fair Tom. Best comment of the day so far.

  57. Nic

    I want the greens to find their next leader by casting runes and or a sign from gaia.

  58. JC

    Whiteford:

    I know that report. Let me ask you, do you think very high, in fact intolerably high real estate prices combined with the exchange rate have anything to with it? ummmmm

    You fancy yourself as an anal(syst) so do a little digging. Normalize our real estate values down to say the OECD average and then see how it looks then. In view of the fact that we’ve been in a commodity boom of biblical proportions, i wouldn’t be too pleased with our result.

  59. Matt

    Is anyone else disturbed that the first the public (and Green voters) hear about all of this is at a press conference after the election of the new leader?

    Not big on transparacy, are they?

    Doesn’t say much for the Canberra press gallery either …

  60. Mark

    Just the first of the “Labor” retirements to be announced soon.

    This is just Brown seeing his future post 2013 as a impotent senate member after he potentially loses balance of power status on pure numbers but will lose all influence with a demoralised Labor not able to stop Abbotts unwinding of the Carbon Tax and assorted rorts. He knows there is 6 years of conservative rule ahead of Australia at a minimum.

    He knows the Greens gig is up and is exiting before his “legacy” is trashed.

    For once we can blame Abbott for something. Tony should be proud of his work here.

    The Greens will now lose their last vestige of environmentalism cover and be seen as the far left statist ideologues they truly are.

    They will rip themselves apart quite quickly from here. It will be fascinating and enjoyable viewing.

  61. selen234

    ludlam as deputy me thinks

  62. Bill

    As Gab says, his “legacy” is the economic condition of Tasmania.

  63. Dave

    Thank God he’s finally going! And what did he do for Australians? Nothing postive, everything negative and from next month we will all be paying exhaustive and ongoing power prices based on a global lie that he pushed!

  64. JC

    ludlam as deputy me thinks

    Ludlam isn’t as big a loon as the rest of the loon bucket. I tend to think that if the other aslyum dwellers weren’t around he’d be almost tolerable.

  65. Simon

    This is going to destroy their “green credentials” and no doubt their ability to gain funding, methinks crazy Bob is being spiteful to those he no longer likes in his party. Now he’s free to point out their environmental lapses with impunty.

  66. Tom

    From the Oz: “Senator Brown will leave the Senate in June. He said the party would now seek a successor to fill his Senate seat.”

    Still not 100% clear to me what that means, but it sounds like Greens will nominate a replacement to sit until the 2013 half-Senate poll … when the newbie, Hanson-Young and Ludlum will all be tipped out of the Senate, leaving just six Greens at most. That may be reduced further in a Lib landslide. I certainly think one quota per state is the best the Greens can hope (currently two in Tas, SA, WA) in their slide down to oblivion. A double dissolution election may not be needed to get rid of them. Instead, we’ll have Cowboy Bob’s Queensland Cowhands. Fun, Fun, fun.

  67. Simon

    How many colour shifts does it take to go from leafy green to blood red?

  68. brc

    @tom – do you think QLD will keep a Greens senator?

    I don’t think they will. Not if the state vote is anything to go by at 7%. Don’t you need 14% for a Quota?

    Katterites in the Senate will be preferable to Greens.

  69. Token

    I’m banking on the fact Bob will retire in any place other than Tasmania. Let’s face it, the place is a basket case, who would live there that could afford to live elsewhere?

  70. Thumbnail

    Maybe this will help people understand that Greens are busy trashing civil rights – the same rights that the ANZACs fought and died for.
    http://queenslandparty.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/honour-the-anzac-protect-the-nuts-and-bolts-of-civil-liberties/

  71. Phil E Steyn

    Bye bye, Bob Brownhat

  72. Simon

    How many damned Bob’s does this country have in politics, Menzies, Hawke, Brown, Katter, Carr etc. It’s almost a prerequisite for poltics.

  73. tbh

    There is a very good chance that the Greens will implode like the Democrats did after Don Chipp.

    But anyway, let us celebrate crazy old Bob walking away. Seeya later you sanctimonious turd.

  74. Gab

    The rants we can look forward to…

    Milne

    I love the bit where she says Murdoch press owns 70 per cent of the print media in Australia.

    Keep talking, Milne.

  75. south

    Been predicting this to anyone who’d listen for a long time. The Greens will now enjoy a very brief peak under Christine Milne before imploding in a bickering heap that’ll make the Democrats look mature.

  76. Feral Abacus

    Tony Abbott has claimed the scalps of Kevin Rudd, Bob Brown and has mortally wounded Julia Gillard.

    He is, quite possibly, the greatest human being since the dawn of time.

  77. Token

    The Greens will now enjoy a very brief peak under Christine Milne before imploding in a bickering heap that’ll make the Democrats look mature.

    If you want to know where the rats will run to when the ship sinks, just check out which party the trots are colonising at university campuses.

  78. brc

    But will Milne announce any new policies? Let’s hope so.

    I’m torn between an impending breakup with Labor, an internal power struggle that gave him a choice to walk with his dignity if he handed it over, and a health problem.

    Or, probably all of the above.

  79. Tom

    @brc: A quota is 8.3%, so, yes, you can probably count them out of Qld. But their Qld senator, Larrisa whatshername, doesn’t face election until 2016. I’d also count them out of WA based on the Qld vote. But only Ludlum is up for re-election in WA next year.

  80. More surprisingly, perhaps, its median wealth of USD 222,000 is the highest in the world

    yes we are a bit late to the property bubble popping party, give it a chance…

  81. Infidel Tiger

    Bob Brown just said that Australia was the wealthiest per capita country on the face of the Earth.

    “And my successor will do everything in her power to change this.”

  82. brc

    @tom yes cursed 6 year terms. One can only hope they try and block repealment of carbon tax and get double-dissolution’d for their troubles. Then Larissa can crawl back to whatever taxpayer teat she was sucking before getting into the Senate.

  83. Sean

    He’s stuffed the country and now wants to bolt rather than face the electorate.

  84. Gab

    Australia was the wealthiest per capita country on the face of the Earth.

    That’s as accurate as the old “Australia is the largest global CO2 emitter per capita”.

  85. brc

    I advise not checking Twitter if one wants to keep down their lunch. Trending topic ‘Bob Brown’ is full of luvvies writing love poems for the chief Earthian.

  86. JC

    I advise not checking Twitter if one wants to keep down their lunch. Trending topic ‘Bob Brown’ is full of luvvies writing love poems for the chief Earthian.

    Fme.

  87. Infidel Tiger

    Trending topic ‘Bob Brown’ is full of luvvies writing love poems for the chief Earthian.

    If it’s yellow
    Let it mellow
    If it’s Brown
    Flush it down

  88. C.L.

    Ahahahaha.

    Chris Kenny:

    ‘Was this Brown’s decision alone, or does Christine Milne have some hummus on her hands?’

    More:

    Bob Brown’s resignation has come as quite a shock given he has been saying he will be around for the long haul. But given his increasingly shrill and loopy contributions to public debate, perhaps his colleagues were losing faith in him.

    It seems more than a coincidence that he made his decision while in Africa a week after leaving most sensible Australians laughing in the aisles over his “Fellow Earthians” speech. Presumably his Senate spot will go to another Earthian but nothing is certain in this parliament – which, as I have noted before, has the ambience of the Star Wars bar scene.

    RTWT.

  89. Gab

    Chris Kenny:

    Having saved the planet – it is going to be hard for Bob to find a satisfying hobby.

    lol

  90. Gab

    Miranda Devine:

    Earthians rejoice RT @admonkeystrator: @mirandadevine June/July the carbon tax comes in. Bob brown returns to mothership a hero.

  91. Rococo Liberal

    Ding dong the witch is dead, the gay old withch is dead

  92. JC

    Ludlam sounds sensible …?

    Okay, Okay I take it back. There!

  93. Token

    Australia was the wealthiest per capita country on the face of the Earth.

    Was that review taken on the day the $AU was at $1.07 to the $US?

  94. JC

    Token

    I’m still waiting for Whiteford’s reply. Get in line please.

  95. Tom

    From comments at Chris Kenny’s blog:
    Emmy says:
    Fri 13 Apr 12 (02:26pm)

    The Green party is now much like Labor under Gillard, the women (except Waters) all act like the have testicles while the men all act like they should be at home raising the children. (no offence to my sisters)

  96. Rabz

    Good riddance you vile festering zombie.

    Thanks for nothing.

  97. “Greatly admired as a decent guy all round despite the politics”

    An early comment but also profoundly ignorant of the reality.

    BB is by far and away the most hated man on The Hill. Not for his views but because of his lack of integrity and honesty when making deals. There’ll be cheering on all sides up there.

  98. JC

    ….the men all act like they should be at home raising the children. (no offence to my sisters)

    Is it wrong to say that if we played words association Adam Ant would immediately come to mind.

  99. Token

    Chris Kenny nails it:

    Presumably his Senate spot will go to another Earthian but nothing is certain in this parliament – which, as I have noted before, has the ambience of the Star Wars bar scene.

  100. Tom

    @JC: I just find it easier these days to assume everyone in federal politics is gay.

  101. selen234

    Thats the public perception Jack

  102. amortiser

    The feral abacus said:

    Tony Abbott has claimed the scalps of Kevin Rudd, Bob Brown and has mortally wounded Julia Gillard

    That’s more a description of a very effective assassin. Tony Abbott appears to be a man of many talents.

  103. Tom

    From the Oz:

    The party had 48 private members’ bills before the parliament and it would fight to have them debated, she said.

    Thank heavens they’re dud grenades from North Korea.

  104. Gab

    She pledged to fight the “biggest assault on the environment economy in Australia we’ve seen in a very long time” by reaching out to country Australia and to business.

    FTFY, Milne.

  105. maurie

    Probably needn’t add my comment, the only risk I see is that while they have their inevitable tit for tat Julia will use the smoke screen to comply with yet more Union instructions & create a few more financially destructive laws – just to add to the reputation already created since the idiots have been running the show. International trade will by now be close to the level or ridicule attached to Australia
    when glorious Whitlam was running loose!

  106. LaRouchite

    Congratualtions to Bob Brown for his exceptionally successful political career. They’ve now passed the National Party as the #3 force in Australian politics with more than 1.5 million people voting for the Greens at the last election.

    BB as the only credible leader of the Big 3 parties goes out on top and it will be interesting to see if Christine Milne can continue the Greens growth to possibly one day replacing the ALP as the only genuine centre-left party around.

  107. ar

    Update IV: Brown – ‘None of us are individuals’.

    We are us.

  108. brc

    They’ve now passed the National Party as the #3 force in Australian politics

    National Party : 6 Fed Mps, 3 Fed Senators
    LNP Nat Party Senators who site with Nat : 2

    That makes 11 in Federal parliament for the Nats. 17 members of the QLD LNP state parliament are former Nationals.

    Now count all the National Party state Mps vs Green State Mps.

    #3 Force? Sorry, No. A single lower house seat in latte central and a gerrymanded result from Tasmania do not a political force make.

    It’s all irrelevant anyway, 2010 election was the high water mark for the Greens.

  109. Tom

    BB as the only credible leader of the Big 3 parties goes out on top and it will be interesting to see if Christine Milne can continue the Greens growth to possibly one day replacing the ALP as the only genuine centre-left party around.

    Let me guess: Afghan hash? Acid?? Crack???

  110. LaRouchite

    #3 Force? Sorry, No. A single lower house seat in latte central and a gerrymanded result from Tasmania do not a political force make.

    It’s all irrelevant anyway, 2010 election was the high water mark for the Greens.

    How many people voted for the Nats again in the most recent federal election?

    It’s ‘irrelevant’ if you’re a right-winger.

    The Greens are now #3. Deal with it.

  111. Infidel Tiger

    The Greens are now #3. Deal with it.

    “We’re number 3! We’re number 3!”

    What a terrific slogan.

  112. brc

    We have a proportional representation system. Vote counting is as irrelevant as preferred PM ratings.

    It’s impossible to tally the National vote now because of the LNP in QLD. You could work it out, but it’s too hard. Yes it will be lower than the Greens vote.

    The Nationals are a larger force in politics than the Greens. They have more members and have state government representation. This fact is not in dispute.

    I’m not a National party supporter at all. So I’m not clouded by emotion.

  113. Token

    “We’re number 3! We’re number 3!”

    What a terrific slogan.

    They are number 3, but they really aspire to be the biggest bunch of number 2′s in parliament.

  114. LaRouchite

    The Nationals are a larger force in politics than the Greens. They have more members and have state government representation. This fact is not in dispute.

    I’m not a National party supporter at all. So I’m not clouded by emotion.

    LOL

    The Greens have balance of power in the Senate and more people voted for them at the last election than voted for the Nats.

    I’m not a member of the Greens either, just prefer reality.

  115. lotocoti

    Adam Bandt has been made deputy leader.
    SHY was last seen chewing on a chair leg.

  116. LaRouchite

    Bandt was a good choice although Scott Ludlam has future leader material written all over him.

    SHY not so much.

  117. Infidel Tiger

    Why? Any ideas?

    Because she’s nuts.

  118. Gab

    I’d love to see SHY as deputy alongside Milne.

  119. Token

    I’m not a member of the Greens either, just prefer reality.

    So you are an Earthian, ok.

  120. selen234

    Adam Bandt

    Charming and very popular with younger voters would be why

  121. C.L.

    Congratualtions to Bob Brown for his exceptionally successful political career.

    Ahahahahaha.

  122. lotocoti

    I’d love to see SHY as deputy alongside Milne.

    One would end up with an eating disorder.

  123. Jc

    Doucheballs is right to some extent, the lunatic (bob) managed to graft a grassroots group of lunactics and irrationals creating a political party of deadbeats and attracting the more weak minded and mentally unbalanced to vote for the slimers.

    He did achieve this result.

  124. Jarrah

    “So you are an Earthian, ok.”

    Are you saying you’re not? ;-)

  125. LaRouchite

    JC,

    Like me do you agree that today should be remembered as Bob Brown Day, a future public holiday perhaps?

  126. Jc

    Adam Bandt

    Charming and very popular with younger voters would be why

    I’m sure he’s popular with the hipster de-balled beta males and their hairy nasty hen type girlfriends (if any) of inner city Melbourne.

  127. Gab

    Absolutely, Larry. We should commemorate the day Brown bobbed off. I for one will Celebrate this day every year.

  128. Jc

    Doucheballs

    Funny but we kinda agree for different reasons. I’m celebrating the economic illiterate and general loon leaving parliament while you’re celebrating his “achievements”.

    So yea it could very well be mad dog bob day in fact.

    However one small caveat here. I think deep down the dog knew some of the the stuff he pushed was economically toxic, as an refuse to believe a medical doctor could bent

  129. Tiny Dancer

    Lunatic comrade Bilb at the LP swoons with

    I am also thrilled to have Christine Milne as leader for the Greens. She is the ultimate spokesperson for Climate Change Action. Certainly solidly a future Prime Minister for this country.

    I think that Julia Gillard will have the very best team working to achieve the demolision of the Coalition Lie Machine coming into the next election. Christine Milne does not suffer fools of Abbotts calibre.

    Why does that blog have to go? Such comedy

  130. Infidel Tiger

    Just as April 1st is “National check your smoke alarm battery day”, April 13th can become “Check for syphillus in memory of Bob Brown Day”.

  131. Jc

    Doucheballs

    Funny but we kinda agree for different reasons. I’m celebrating the economic illiterate and general loon leaving parliament while you’re celebrating his “achievements”.

    So yea it could very well be mad dog bob day in fact.

    However one small caveat here. I think deep down the dog knew some of the stuff he pushed was economically toxic, as I refuse to believe a medical doctor could be that stupid and narrow minded.

    But the opposite is the case for tubbie Milne. Yes she is that moronic. And yea the state of tassie would have been better off if tubbie had spent her time in the kitchen and the gym instead of getting involved with stuff she simply doesn’t understand and never will.

    I had to laugh that idiot leader of the tassie state greenslime referred to tubbie as one of our best forward thinkers. Lol I’m speechless.

    But overall I do concede the dog was a successful politician, doucheballs. Yep, that part is true.

  132. Tom

    I’m not a member of the Greens either, just prefer reality.

    So, considering the Greens are about to embark on an internal civil war between the fruitcake environmentalist wing and the Peoples Revolutionary Army communist wing in the leadership vacuum created by Brown’s departure, how do you imagine they will transition to a party of the centre-left that appeals to people with real jobs and mortgages?
    By 2016, the Greens will be lucky to have two senators left, Bandt having been thrown out next year when the major parties put the Greens last on their voting cards. If all nine Green senators were up for re-election next year, three would be lucky to survive. The swing is on and the Greens will have difficulty at future federal elections in attracting more than one quota in SA,Vic and NSW because they have exposed themselves as irresponsible economic vandals.

  133. Token

    “So you are an Earthian, ok.”

    Are you saying you’re not? ;)

    Loud and Proud that I not in touch with “that” reality, thanks for asking Jarrah :)

  134. Token

    Just as April 1st is “National check your smoke alarm battery day”, April 13th can become “Check for syphillus in memory of Bob Brown Day”.

    I hear that circus clowns have been lobbying for a day to recognise their contribution for years.

  135. Sinclair Davidson

    IT – you are a bad, bad man.

  136. LaRouchite

    However one small caveat here. I think deep down the dog knew some of the the stuff he pushed was economically toxic, as an refuse to believe a medical doctor could bent

    Comrade JC,

    economically toxic/enevironmentally friendly, depends what you think is more important really. The environment logically has to win out everytime in my opinion.

  137. Gab

    the SMH does have a sense of humour after all…

    via Blair

  138. Rafe

    Maybe he just wants to be in hiding when the CO2 tax starts to hit the punters. Every job that is lost and every price rise for the rest of the year will be attributed to the tax, rightly or wrongly. See how that plays in middle Australia.

  139. adrian

    Adam Bandt is deputy leader. so much for sarah hanson-young?

  140. Megan

    I’m with Gab, I think SH-Y and Milne would be a deadly combo. Would probably put the cause of the sisterhood back a thousand years or so however.

  141. Gab

    so much for sarah hanson-young?

    Image: rolled newspaper, puppy whacked on the nose.

  142. Gab

    would be a deadly combo comedy

    :)

  143. Infidel Tiger

    IT – you are a bad, bad man.

    Please don’t tell my wife.

  144. Jazza

    Hope someone boltef the door behind him–just in case he changes his tiny green mind

  145. Bill

    But if the aliens have recalled their ambassador, doesnt that mean they are about to invade??

  146. John Mc

    so much for sarah hanson-young?

    You can tell by looking at her that she’s another one of the alien caste. She’s clearly been stood down as well as Brown. Maybe the Earthling faction has risen up and overthrown their extraterrestrial masters?!

  147. Jazza

    Hope someone bolted the door behind him–just in case he changes his tiny green mind

  148. Megan

    Thanks Gab, that puppy image is going to make me laugh every time I see SH-Y’s teeth clenching smile before she utters an inanity or fifty.

  149. LaRouchite

    Your new Greens leader Christine Milne on Capital Hill now.

  150. Gab

    What, Larry? Is the mothership about to appear?

  151. Gab

    Milne just said Abbott didn’t support the stimulus package, which is untrue.

  152. Infidel Tiger

    I wish it was true.

  153. Sean

    Lol,

    Why would Bandt be a good choice, the libs can preference the ALP in melbourne and he will lose his seat next election.

  154. Jarrah

    “Certainly solidly a future Prime Minister for this country.”

    LOL

    “Loud and Proud”

    Token’s an alien, everyone. Please make it feel welcome.

  155. Gab

    “I look forward to fresh green pursuits including writing, photography, music, occasional talks, bushwalking, and getting out with Paul to see Miranda Gibson who has been perched for 120 days 60 metres high, in defence of a giant tree facing destruction in central Tasmania,” Senator Brown said.

    Please, I can’t stop laughing.

  156. selen234

    Not just hipsters but an ab demographic

    Trust funded kids with no responsibilities as well

    Jealous?

    The Greens are very good at pretending they are not a

  157. selen234

    Not just hipsters but an ab demographic

    Trust funded kids with no responsibilities as well

    Jealous?

    The Greens are very good at pretending they are not a force and its worked

  158. LaRouchite

    Brown: our most successful third-party pollie

    by Bernard Keane

    Bob Brown ends his long and successful parliamentary career with the Greens at the peak of their power.

    The former medical practitioner has travelled the long journey from the United Tasmania Group, which won just under 4% of the vote in the 1972 state election, to leader of the party with the balance of power in the Senate, a deal with a minority government and a House of Representatives seat.

    After a medical career, Brown served 10 years in the Tasmanian parliament (taking his seat the day after he was released from prison for protesting against the Franklin Dam) and, as he would do in the Senate, oversaw the rise of the Greens to balance-of-power status in Tasmania.

    Brown entered the Senate in 1996 and was, from 1998 to 2001, the sole Greens representative (and parliament’s first openly gay member). A decade later, he leaves the Senate with nine Greens senators, after the Greens Senate vote reached 13% in 2010.

    At a time when politics is increasingly professionalised and parties are pushing younger, less experienced people into senior positions, Brown was a traditional conviction politician, forthright in attacking the most sacred of cows in Australian public policy on economics, the media and foreign policy, including challenging George W. Bush when he addressed Parliament. He most recently attracted criticism for his now-famous “fellow earthians” speech arguing for a global parliamentary democracy.

    What was missed by most commentators was that the speech was to a Greens party conference; when Barnaby Joyce plays to his party’s base it is seen as canny retail politics; when Brown did the same, it was “looney left” stuff.

    http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/04/13/bob-brown-resigns-as-greens-leader/

  159. Gab

    I refuse to increase traffic at crickey, Larry. Peddle crazy elsewhere.

  160. Infidel Tiger

    After a medical career, Brown served 10 years in the Tasmanian parliament (taking his seat the day after he was released from prison for protesting against the Franklin Dam) and, as he would do in the Senate, oversaw the rise of the Greens to balance-of-power status in Tasmania.

    On Brown’s watch Jimi Hendrix died and so did Tasmania.

    This man is responsible for more suffering than Nickelback.

  161. LaRouchite

    There’s venom in Abetz’s voice when he talks of Brown. The veteran political commentator Alan Ramsay says this is typical, as Brown is widely loathed by politicians from both major parties. “He represents everything that they are not,” Ramsay tells me. “He is a man of conviction, a thoroughly honest man, a man of principle. They see in him what they want to be and they hate him for it.” Ramsay adds, “The big put-down is always, ‘Oh, Bob Brown, he’s too f…king good to be true.’ They all want to find a dark corner there somewhere – well, there isn’t any.”

    http://www.thecourier.com.au/news/national/national/environment/the-most-man-in-australia/2520882.aspx?storypage=0

  162. JC

    Wow, Douncheballs.

    Ramsey clawed out of the nursing home to write that missive. How nice of him.

  163. Jc

    Douche

    You really are an unsophisticated traveler, aren’t you?

    Bernie and Al are regarded and objects of amusement here.

  164. LaRouchite

    Bob Brown resigns

    Senator Bob Brown today resigned from the leadership of the Australian Greens and as a member of the Senate.

    It’s fair to say that this was the single most bloodless leadership transition in Australia’s recent political history. There were no poisonous comments from party MPs, no middle of the night ultimatums, no sense that a leader was being removed to allow a party to renege on earlier voting agreements.

    And – most startlingly – there were no leaks to the media.

    None. Not a one.

    http://consciencevote.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/bob-brown-resigns/

  165. Abu Chowdah

    Quoting Alan Ramsay, poster boy for press gallery bias… Not the best tactic for someone who wants to be taken seriously, Lyndon.

  166. Gab

    Why is Larry posting the same topic over and over? Does he have OCD?

  167. Abu Chowdah

    I love that last one, Lyndon. They spin a sinister lack of transparency as a positive. What a hoot!

    The greens are totalitarian scum, who would shrivel up like vampires in the noon day sun if voters could see their back room scheming.

  168. Jim Rose

    remember expressive voting.

    the greens are a symbol rather than a party. the competency of their leaders seems to have little effect on their vote in either direction.

    their vote will fall at the next election because fewer will be parking thier vote with them.

  169. Abu Chowdah

    Lyndon, are you Bernard Keen?

  170. Jarrah

    Jim Rose is right. People know that the Greens will never have any power, so they use their vote as a statement about the major parties.

  171. LaRouchite

    love that last one, Lyndon. They spin a sinister lack of transparency as a positive. What a hoot!

    Beautiful! “Leak like us you bastards!”

  172. Jeremiah

    From that vexnews article:

    Amusingly, Burling regards the production of honey for eating by humans as a vile exploitation, involving, and we’re not joking, the “enslavement” of bees.

    Looks like the “hate” media will have lots of material to work with.

  173. Token

    So what you proven Douche? Around here we all know the Greens are a doomsday cult. The fact the members don’t leak to outsiders is just a standard characteristic of such groups.

  174. Opinion: he’s seen the writing on the wall, he knows something’s going down, and he’s getting out to avoid getting thrashed at the ballot box. He wants to spite the Libs and Nats by denying the electorate the right to punish him for his idiocies.

    Alternative: health-related reasons.

  175. Ally

    Now he’ll have spare time to help the aliens terraform a new planet. They can make this new planet out of all the Greenie bull shit.

  176. Mk50 of Brisbane

    So what?

    The syph-ridden whackjob has enough smarts to see that the Greens are going to be gutted at the next election. So he’s showing his inner rat, leaving the sinking ship and will blame the coming collapse of the Greens on Madeye Milne, Sarah Snake Eyes and Lee of the KGB.

    I despise hypocrites like Bobby the Brownhatter. so I hope we never hear of the foul totalitarian anti-human dirtball again. May he and his bearded catamite live happily ever after in their wooden hut in the economic wasteland their policies turned Tasmania into.

  177. Gab

    Madeye Milne,

    She was grinning like Cheshire Cat on waccy baccy today when Bob was announcing his exit.

  178. benson

    If the Greens collapse, we’ll NEVER get rid of the frigging Labor party.

  179. Tom

    Lee Rhiannon just hit buy now on an icepick from EBay.

    lotocoti

    13 Apr 12 at 12:29 pm

    Comment of the day by a street (I laughed out loud then and cackled hours later as I related it at the pub. Thanks, Io). It will be ghoulish to see how much of the bloodletting becomes public over the next year.

  180. Jarrah

    Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not a nice person, Mk50.

  181. Entropy

    I wonder how long it will be before Bob announces he has a column in The Age?

  182. Tom

    I wonder how long it will be before Bob announces he has a column in The Age?

    Tomorrow morning. Unless the Saturday Age and the Sunday Age (separate editorial administrations) are fighting over it, in which case it may not be announced until Sunday morning. The SMH fighting for the headline rights could create an additional complication and there’s a danger Bob will overcommit himself doing commentary and making documentaries for the ABC.

  183. Infidel Tiger

    I despise hypocrites like Bobby the Brownhatter

    In Brown’s defence I don’t believe he is a hypocrite. He genuinely believes all his ramblings. It’s quite charming until you realise how many lives he’s ruined.

  184. NEW Greens leader Christine Milne has vowed to court greater support in country Australia and among “progressive” businesses after succeeding Bob Brown today.

    Ahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  185. Rabz

    I cannot believe that someone on this thread has in all seriousness referenced alan tingles-shamsey.

    BTW, did al ‘write’ the column in question or ross the git?

    Or was just lifted wholesale from one of the festering zombie’s homages to himself?

  186. Rabz

    FFS, the festering zombie always considered itself to be of the nomenklatura.

  187. candy

    “NEW Greens leader Christine Milne has vowed to court greater support in country Australia and among “progressive” businesses after succeeding Bob Brown today. ”

    I can imagine Ms Milne talking to country folk, she seems a bit experienced a bit hard bitten or something, but Adam Bandt – he’s a very sleek, city looking man.

  188. Tom

    I cannot believe that someone on this thread has in all seriousness referenced alan tingles-shamsey.

    He’s the gallery’s most respected ventriloquist.

  189. Rabz

    adam ant is an estrogen laden mutant.

  190. Rabz

    He’s the gallery’s most respected ventriloquist.

    Tom,

    He’s yet another zombie.

    I seriously thought he was dead.

  191. blogstrop

    “a bit hard bitten …” by a rabid Tassie fox.

  192. candy

    “adam ant is an estrogen laden mutant.”

    what team does he bat for then? and Ms Milne, be interesting to know.

  193. John Mc

    He genuinely believes all his ramblings. It’s quite charming until you realise how many lives he’s ruined.

    Apparently Pol Pot was quite charming when you met him. And I’m sure Stalin genuinely believed a few tens of millions of lives was a small price to pay for the communist utopia.

    As much as they might be charming these people need to be judged solely upon the harm they do to others. It’s not like they’re not aware of the damage, or haven’t had a chance to change their ways.

  194. Infidel Tiger

    The Bobster was the last of the greenies in the Greens. We now have a communist part in alliance with the ALP.

    Hold on to your title deeds folks.

  195. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not a nice person, Mk50.

    Thanks, Jarrah! It’s unlike you to compliment me so. I see you admire this stone killer.

    IT:

    In Brown’s defence I don’t believe he is a hypocrite. He genuinely believes all his ramblings. It’s quite charming until you realise how many lives he’s ruined.

    Oho, you have been bluffed by the propaganda, IT!

    Consider the number of people he has killed. Consider his racism. Consider his totalitarianism and his cold callousness.
    All of which are held in common with the other Greens.

    THEIR ‘oh I wanna feel so good and smug and trendy about how good and smug and trendy I am’ attitudes have led to over a thousand people dying at sea since 2008.

    The ecoloony policies of foul pieces of shit like them and their fellow greens dragged somewhere between 150 and 250 million people back from what the UN describes as ‘poverty’ into what the UN describes as ‘absolute poverty’ (read ‘not enough to eat’ or ‘live on less than $US1 per day) – just so these bastards could preen about biofuels.

    Turning cheap food into fuel for fat Germans to burn. Great. Did you know that for each tankful of biofuel, 5 human beings go hungry for a year?

    Remember the food riots in Central and South America in 2010 because the cheap US corn they depended on for food got turned into petrol, and people were starved in consequence?

    Billions wasted on effing desal plants in this country alone due to their AGW scam when 5% of that money would have guaranteed clean potable water for every human being in melanesia AND eradicated malaria in Melanesia as well.

    Brown and the rest of those filthy scumbags have blood on their hands – no, they swim in a sea of blood. All of which their compliant media presstitutes conceal.

    They are stone-cold ideological killers.

    But not to worry, they are only “little brown people”, and what do their lives matter compared to a Greenie feeling smug about his self-proclaimed moral superiority while he sips latte in Paddington or punches his catamite’s freckle in a hut in the economic wasteland Green policies created in Tasmania? How is that lack of concern for the real-world outcomes of their insane ideology not a demonstration of innate anti-humanism and/or racism?

    And what about all those Tasmanians losing the dignity of work? ‘So what’, says this piece of shit, ‘trees matter more than people’.

    Bob Brown and the policies he espouses at best cause untold human misery to millions upon millions of human beings who did nothing to deserve it and at worst are directly responsible for a thousand corpses at sea.

    Bob Brown’s avuncular facade has a remorseless, soulless ideological stone killer behind it. And that bastard has gotten away with it – literally gotten away with killing people. Policies have consequences. Brown’s policy on border protection has killed people.

    And he walks off scot-free, with people convinced he’s some kind of nice eccentric old man. Well, if he is, so was Mengele.

    Go watch some reruns of 50+ people being drowned or battered to death against the cliffs of Christmas Island if you don’t believe me.

    Bob Brown and the Greens bear half the responsibility for each and every one of those deaths. The ALP bears the rest.

    That is why I viscerally despise Brown and the Greens – they are killers who have found a way to slaughter ‘little brown people’ and create untold human suffering, and they get away with it.

  196. Rabz

    Hold on to your title deeds folks.

    They’ll have to be pried from my cold dead hands, Tigger.

  197. Rabz

    what team does he bat for then?

    What ‘team*’ does ‘he’ look like he bats for, FFS?

    Tom’s ‘Golden Rule’ can be accessed further upthread.

  198. Tom

    He’s yet another zombie.

    More importantly, his ventriloquism is mainly responsible for the AFR’s circulation slide. The sooner Michael Stutchbury shows the Ramsay-Tingles the door (and the Chenoweths and the paper’s other watermelons) the faster the AFR recovers.

  199. candy

    “Tom’s ‘Golden Rule’ can be accessed further upthread”

    Qué?”

  200. Rabz

    … the faster the AFR recovers.

    Let it die Tommy, let it die.

    BTW, for exactly how long did envirofax think they could pull off the sheer ridiculousness of a ‘business’ paper whose journos and trollumists were all lobotomised leftists?

    Such arrant insanity almost defies description.

  201. Rabz

    Qué?

    Tom @ 1:59pm:

    I just find it easier these days to assume everyone in federal politics is gay.

  202. among “progressive” businesses

    WTF planet is this dumbass on? any idiot can’t but help be disavowed of all things leftist once they have to unravel the leftist bullshit and discover how reality works and make a business viable.

    stinking stupid little commie want a cracker?

  203. Tom

    Let it die Tommy, let it die.

    We are led to believe some serious anti-zombie firepower is massing inside the FXJ fortress.

  204. Rabz

    That is why I viscerally despise Brown and the Greens – they are killers who have found a way to slaughter ‘little brown people’ and create untold human suffering, and they get away with it.

    Gold, Marky, Gold.

    And ‘they’ will continue to do so, while good people sit back and do nothing.

    It’s just about Insurrection Time™, as far as I’m concerned…

  205. Rabz

    We are led to believe some serious anti-zombie firepower is massing inside the FXJ fortress.

    I’m beyond giving a rodent’s backsayeedah, so to speak…

    envirofax is good for little more than pointing and laughing, nowadays.

  206. Tom

    Brown and the rest of those filthy scumbags have blood on their hands – no, they swim in a sea of blood.

    Pity the Cat doesn’t have a ‘Like’ button, Marko.

  207. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Bit of a rant, but I stand by it.

    Once you have personally helped recover the bodies of women and kids who have drowned at sea after a refugee vessel has gone down, you get very bloody angry about unspeakable filth like Brown who create and support a public policy which causes people to die at sea.

  208. Mk50

    Steady on Bob Brown is not the world ruler. To blame everything on him is a bit harsh especially as you are talking about ALP policies half the time and Conservative side policies also regarding biofuels.

  209. Pickles

    Good riddance you malevolent shit eating old shirtlifter.

  210. Mk50 of Brisbane

    He and the Greens are the cheerleaders, Kelly.

    That’s why I said this:

    Bob Brown and the Greens bear half the responsibility for each and every one of those deaths. The ALP bears the rest.

    I understand this very, very well. I was there, you see, when they brought that policy in, and I fought it as best I could in my position at the time.

    But Rudd’s kiddieboy advisers just knew that there would be no outcomes from the policy change, as (and I quote) ‘you’d have to be stupid to think that people smugglers follow Australian border protection policy changes!’

  211. H B Bear

    Can the Greens still count on the bearded doctors’ wives vote?

  212. Mk50, that needs to be given greater exposure. Make a blog if you haven’t got it already and spread it far and wide. The Greens and their Labor fellow-travellers and enablers are some of the greatest racists on the planet.

  213. Mk50

    I do agree with you just not your percentage blame as Labor is far more powerful. The ethanol bill in the US was signed by George Bush so it is a bit of a stretch to involve Bob Brown.

  214. Splatacrobat

    “The Greens are on trajectory to become a future government”, says B Brown

    About the same trajectory as the recent Nth Korean rocket launch I believe.

  215. Blogstrop

    Was the biofuel bill in the US passed by a Republican dominated congress or a Democrat one, and did George Bush have enough political capital to veto it?

  216. Was the biofuel bill in the US passed by a Republican dominated congress or a Democrat one, and did George Bush have enough political capital to veto it?

    Blogstrop
    To the first part I don’t know but to the second part of course he had enough political capital as he couldn’t get elected again.

  217. Phil E Steyn

    Pickles….so elegantly put.I couldn’t agree more with you. Bob Brownhat’s gone thank goodness. Now for the rest of that malevolent crew; my favourite creep is Hanson-Young. Just the look of her makes me shudder….

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