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The Greens sell out refugees

It isn’t even 30 pieces of silver, this carbon tax. And yet that is what the Greens have sold out asylum seekers for – a pathetic neoliberal solution to the environmental crisis of capitalism that will not address climate change but will cut workers’ living standards in the medium to long term.

Since 1 July the Greens have held the balance of power in the Senate. Adam Bandt’s vote in the House of Representatives could on its own bring the Gillard Government down.

They refuse to use their power to defend refugees.Why?

After all the Greens have been the most vocal mainstream defenders of asylum seekers. They  moved a motion condemning the Malaysian solution, a motion which passed through both houses of the Parliament, with the support of the racist and anti-refugee Opposition.  The Government must have quaked in its boots over that.

Greens Senator Sarah Hansen-Young has moved an amendment to the Immigration Act to give Parliament the power to export asylum seekers, not the executive. It is stuck in Committee.

In other words Parliament has proved useless in stopping the despicable Malaysian solution. Maybe it is time for the Greens to look to the streets to defend refugees? Maybe it is time for the Greens to organise massive demonstrations to stop the first boat arrivals being sent to the hellhole that awaits them in Malaysia?

Not at all. The Greens reject such action. Senator Hansen-Young explained that the so-called party of compassion wouldn’t block the Malaysian solution in the Senate. ‘Why not?’ you might well ask. According to Hansen-Young

I don’t think that’s a responsible way of ensuring stability in parliament or a responsible way of behaving as a parliamentarian.

So there you have it. Being prim and proper is more important than standing up for your principles and defending asylum seekers.

But there is something else in this too. The Greens don’t want to do anything that might upset the applecart of love they have with Julia Gillard over the carbon tax. To block the Malaysian solution might put in jeopardy this neoliberal non-solution to climate change.

The Parliamentary Greens are sacrificing asylum seekers on the altar of the carbon tax.

There is one hope – that rank and file Greens will join with the left in defending asylum seekers and challenging this despicable refugee deal which effectively outsources the torture of asylum seekers to Malaysia.

If the Greens’ leadership won’t defend refugees in the Parliament then let rank and file Greens rebel and defend them, with the left, on the streets.



Comment from skip
Time July 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm

You complain that the Greens won’t “block” the Malaysian solution in parliament. At the same time you concede that there is no way to block it, because under the Migration Act such decisions aren’t brought to parliament, and that the Greens have in fact tabled an amendment in an attempt to remedy this.

So how exactly is it that you wish they had “blocked” something in the Senate? What Senate action should SH-Y have taken that you would consider a “block”?

Comment from John
Time July 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Threaten to bring the Government down.

Comment from skip
Time July 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm

That wouldn’t have blocked anything, although, if carried out, it might have resulted in a return of the Pacific solution and TPVs.

Comment from John
Time July 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Ah yes, trapped in the conservative paradigm. Try to think outside the narrow parliamentary box. Why won’t the Greens show any fight? Lead some demos in favour of the refugees? Even god forbid argue for civil disobedience to defend them, to push the climate change agenda etc. Even that is beyond their sole focus – playing games in Parliament. Abbott has a chance of becoming PM precisely because there has been no alternative focus – one which actually fights for its beliefs and mobilises its members and supporters to do so. Playing games in Parliament guarantees an Abbott victory. Don’t play in his sandpit. Lead a fightback.

Comment from John
Time July 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Skip, I am off to bed now. Buggered. Let’s continue tomorrow.

Comment from peter piper
Time July 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm

” civil disobedience to fight for refugees” what planet are you luvvies on; even the damn greens arent that mental