Having now watched Monday’s Q&A, I was a little bothered by how Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young was shouted down by Turnbull and Emerson so she couldn’t answer the questions put to her. Which is a pity, because the two questions had very simple, straightforward answers:
- Q: Why did the Greens vote down the ETS? Isn’t something better than nothing? A: Because the ETS proposed by the government (in the context where the ALP absolutely refused to negotiate with the Greens, not the other way around) was worse than nothing. It paid polluters to pollute (at taxpayers’ expense) and actually pushed us backwards.
- Q: Isn’t there a risk that Greens preferences might elect Tony Abbott? A: No. The only Greens voters who’ll preference the Libs are ex-Coalition voters who’d never vote ALP anyway. There is no risk whatsoever of your vote for the Greens somehow helping the Coalition.
I can understand why the Senator wasn’t able to get these two points out, but it seems to me vital that all Greens representatives have very short and to the point retorts to these misleading attacks ready to go at any time. Because we’ll certainly be seeing more of them.