There can be no tolerance of One Nation’s racist inclinations yet the Greens, in terms of their agenda, pose a far more serious and sweeping threat to Australian life and society. Denial of this tells us everything about our contemporary media. Claims that Morrison has some obligation to put One Nation last are gesture politics and false moralism.
Progressive support for and forgiveness of the Greens creates an accumulated store of woe for Australia, with the price to be extracted at some point.
The Greens seek to transform the nation by discrediting its foundations and history as a project mired in colonial, racist and sexist exploitation while, at the same time, they assault nation-state sovereignty, security and border protection in the cause of a utopian and phony internationalism guaranteed to diminish and divide Australian life.
Their domestic policies are a fusion between radical climate change extremism and forlorn socialist dreams that appeal only because they cannot be implemented — at least so far. Their agendas are unconcealed, spelt out at length in their policy documents and principles.
This week the Greens unveiled their election climate change policy that involves 2030 as a cut-off point for the shutdown of all Australia’s coal-fired power stations as well as termination of thermal coal exports, with a yearly limit set by coal exports from 2020. There will be a ban on new conventional onshore and offshore gas and oil fields and on new internal combustion vehicles by 2030.
These decisions constitute government intervention without precedent in our history against the nation’s main export. These policies are designed to humble Labor’s 45/50 per cent climate change targets and reflect an established pattern — the Greens outbidding Labor as the vanguard party on climate change and seizing the high ground on climate change moralism.
This reflects the tactics and philosophy of the Greens. Their worldview is deeply ideological and is driven by the resort to extreme state power in pursuit of ecological, economic, social and strategic aims. During a week when ALP figures ridiculed the notion of the Greens posing a more serious threat to the nation than One Nation, it is timely to review the party’s published agenda.
The Greens’ coercive nature, justified by the climate change “emergency”, is embedded in the huge interventions they demand in the cause of “saving” the planet.
There is no debate about what constitutes a proportionate Australian response compared with action by other nations. What matters is the international challenge.
The Greens repudiate fundamental norms of national sovereignty. They demand open borders achieved by the total dismantling of all policies to secure the borders — notably banning offshore processing and boat turnarounds. The priority is the interest of people who self-select Australia as their destination, not the rights of the Australian people to decide who joins their national community.
The political and constitutional framework is to be transformed. Because the Greens cannot secure their agenda through our democratic system their policy is to secure the most sweeping change to the democratic system since Federation. This involves a charter of rights based on a vast list of so-called international norms (civil, social, cultural and environmental) that would transfer power and policymaking to the judiciary.
It involves the termination of the dominant two-party system by introducing proportional representation as the House of Representatives voting system, recasting Australia as a European parliamentary model of coalitions and guaranteeing the Greens ministerial office in any government of the Left.
The social utopia seems limitless — free undergraduate higher education; most community services — childcare, disability, aged care — to be free or low cost; legalising and regulating cannabis and a more permissive attitude towards drug use and care; a crackdown on religious freedom through a tougher reform of non-discriminatory laws; a cultural shift that repudiates European settlement as the pivot for Australia Day, pointing to an attack on the Western canon and tradition; and in economic terms a move towards selective nationalisations, higher taxes on companies and a greater role for the state.