Sep 18 2007
So says Green Party candidate Jack Etkin. Is it any wonder that so few people take the Green Party seriously, resulting in a 1.2 per cent share of funding amongst the federal parties?
Not getting that many votes doesn’t necessarily mean our democracy is broken. It just means your particular message hasn’t caught on with the electorate. Same goes for freedom of the press.
When your biggest media coverage of the year comes from a candidate who gets exiled from the Green Party for seeming to admire the work of the 9/11 terrorists, a lack of press freedom might not be the underlying cause of your difficulties.
It’s a joke, and a not very funny one at that. On the west coast, in the birthplace of Greenpeace, the Greens ought to be a major political contender, or at the very least, a kingmaker. Climate change and environmental issues are now top of the agenda in many voters’ minds, as they should be.
The Greens need to find a way to become relevant to the average voter without whining that the rules are stacked against them.