Bernard Keane in Crikey reveals the Labor strategy for dealing with the Greens:
[Greens Senator Scott] Ludlam recently approached Ferguson at Alice Springs Airport to introduce himself, urge the minister to meet with traditional owners affected by the nomination of Muckaty Station and have a talk when they were both next in Canberra.
Ferguson’s response was “I don’t deal with the Greens, why would I deal with the Greens, we don’t deal with the Greens” and walked off.
Ah, the arrogance of the establishment parties. I look forward to it coming to bite them.
ELSEWHERE: Talking of arrogance… have a look at the terms and conditions on which the Commonwealth puts broadcasts from the national parliament online:
The material shall not be used for:
* political party advertising or election campaigning
* satire or ridicule
What? Who do they think they’re kidding?
First, satire and ridicule is precisely the appropriate response to the majority of what goes on in the House and Senate. Secondly, why on Earth should a political party not be entitled to publicise during an election campaign what its opponents say and do in parliament?
Who precisely decided on and voted for these ludicrous rules?