PDF [The Australian Greens: From Activism to Australia's Third Party] by Stewart Jackson
Eferences Some people are all about climate change some about asylum seekers some about environmental protection and some just want another optionI ve contributed to many surveys so I now they really do ask all these uestions Nice to see someone has collated the information for the GreensGreens like to say they are neither right nor left but out in front however their biggest problem remains the difficulty of balancing policy right nor left but out in front however their biggest problem remains the difficulty of balancing policy movement purity with electoral pragmatism If you don t broaden your appeal to enough people you won t get votes you won t get elected and you Will Have Little Political Clout In Affecting have little political clout in affecting It s all very well to be pure but if nobody is paying attention then whatAs for the future Jackson says The Australian Greens are a green party with its base in social movements and with a middle class core that expresses post material values Post material values have been defined as a set of issues prioritising the sense of community or non material uality of life belonging or self expression as opposed to values that emphasise physical sustenance safety and economic gains No party can be all things to all people or even to all members but the Greens are certainly having a jolly good crack at itHighly recommended for anyone interested in finding out how politics actually works from the ground root and branch upThanks to NetGalley and the publishers for an advanced review copy A fine read that I feel could have benefitted from further depth and analysis of the party s achievements and potential within the context of Australia s current economic and political situation. Essional party capable of influencing the major parties This book examines the people who make the party tick Uncovers the members and activists of the party. ,
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Thought You D Find Inyou d find in place about the Australian Greens They ve moved a long way from a loose assemblage of often caricatured TREE HUGGING LOOPY LEFTIES TO A hugging loopy lefties to a sophisticated often pragmatic political and social force There are still the urban latte drinkers and Chardonnay sippers probably sav blanc these days but there are a lot of practical politically experienced people at work now And they find themselves on the same page with National Party farmers in the Coal Seam Gas debatesI remember Meg Lees when she was the leader of the Australian Democrats Don Chipp s AI Weiwei: Beijing Photographs, 1993-2003 keep the bastards honest party saying something along the lines of not verbatim The trouble with the Greens is that they see compromise as a dirty word instead of as incremental change You get the idea But times have changed and today s Greensnow how to negotiateThe author has had a long personal history working with the Greens for 20 years but this is no memoir This is a heavily researched heavily footnoted academic study with the last 25% devoted to the bibliography in case there s anything else you d like to look up yourself Frankly I
think he s got it pretty well covered Jackson is now at Sydney University in the Departmenthe s got it pretty well covered Jackson is now at Sydney University in the Department Government and International Relations He says he joined the Greens in 1990 after returning to Australia from the UK where he was appalled at how many people were sleeping rough in a wealthy city like London When he came home to Western Australia he met the Greens WA a new party and still a bit different from other state parties It struck me that the party could be a vehicle The Australian Greens played a pivotal role after the 2010 federal election It ensured the Gillard minority government went full term and won its first House. ,
Or good left wing politics encompassing both the environment and social justice conducted in a peaceful and respectful way That appealed to me This introduces a point to remember Different states started different movements with different rules and different cultures It has taken a lot of work to amalgamate the groups to form a cohesive national party and Jackson was there to see most of it first hand And the members and staff are not nearly as far left as many people think Many are uite centrist in their political viewsHe discusses at length including tables and charts the different sorts of people who join members or work staff for the Greens what they are
LOOKING FOR WHAT THEY RE WILLINGfor what they re willing contribute and what they hope to get out of it Some join to fight the good fight on the ground and in the media environment social justice refugees and some join looking to get into politics and be an active part of making legislative change That is also on the ground work just a different government groundThere is still some original culture in place I believe I think I understand that most of the Greens prefer to make
decisions by consensus rather than playing the numbers as in the latest Liberal Party leadership spill Originallyby consensus rather than playing the numbers as in the latest Liberal Party leadership spill Originally Greens didn t want to elect or appoint a leader but obviously they need an official spokesperson for the media But the leader doesn leader but obviously they need an official spokesperson for the media But the leader doesn rule the roost as the Labor and Liberal leaders do again if I understand correctly The surveys show some interesting differences in the priorities of different age groups different genders and different self identified left or right wing pr. Of Representatives seat But what do we really now about the Greens in Australia Is the party really just an extension of the environment movement or a prof.