So the Greens are pushing in the Senate for stronger food labelling laws. Greens leader Christine Milne as reported in the Australian
Greens leader Christine Milne said a packet of frozen vegetables with a map of Tasmania on the front may in fact largely be comprised of imported produce. ”People would have had no idea about that because of the way labelling currently is,” she told ABC radio on Tuesday. She dismissed claims from industry that the laws would increase costs for farmers as a “complete exaggeration”.
Well what about politics labelling laws? How many of NSW voters know, for example, that Green senator Lee Rhiannon is an unrepentent purveyor of that imported extreme ideology communism? Surely it would be a ‘complete exaggeration’ for the Greens to complain that it would be too costly to publish the truth about their MPs and their background and ideology? That it be laid bare the full extent of the objectives of each MP, what types of legislation they would vote in favour, and what against?
Truth in political labelling is important as demonstrated by the replacement of Rudd by Gillard. The people in 2007 thought that they were electing Howard light. Yet this was switched during that Parliament. If full disclosure of each MP’s objectives etc was made, the people would know what to expect from a Gillard Government ex ante.