First, a disclaimer. I’m going to vote for the Greens as I have in recent state and federal elections. One of the many reasons why I stopped voting for the Labor Party was their preferencing Family First candidate Steve Fielding in the 2004 Federal election.
It was ironic, that in numerous gestures of gratitude Fielding then proceeded to thwart Labor legislation.
Now soon-to-be ex-premier Napthine is doing the same thing.
Victorian state election: Denis Napthine puts Rise Up ahead of Greens
For those of you who’ve forgotten who Rise Up actually is, here is a brief reminder. It’s the party run by religious demagogue Danny Nalliah a couple of whose more memorable ideas are printed below:
In the wake of the Black Saturday bushfires, in which 173 died, Nalliah claimed he had received “prophetic dreams” on 21 October 2008 that these bushfires were a “consequence” of Victoria’s decriminalisation of abortion in 2008,
After the catastrophic 2010–2011 Queensland floods, Nalliah declared on his website “…at once I was reminded of Kevin Rudd speaking against Israel in Israel on 14th December 2010. It is very interesting that Kevin Rudd is from QLD. Is God trying to get our attention? Yes, I believe so.”
What Napthine is urging Victorian Liberal voters to do is to preference this religious bigot ahead of the Greens.
Now I understand why a lot of people would not want to vote for the Greens but I cannot understand why anybody would want to vote for someone like Danny Nalliah. But clearly Denis Napthine thinks that their policies are preferable to those of the Greens.
Here’s a brief summary of some of their more progressive policies
RUAP’s views on Global Warning have long been known. It doesn’t exist!
Rise Up Australia opposes same-sex marriage because we are committed to protecting the traditional family unit
Rise Up Australia Party will ban the face veil in public places. (but not the veiled Christian brides where at their weddings)
Now, the polls seem to indicate that the Coalition is trailing the Labor Party by some 7–8%. The political pragmatist would think that doing a deal with a party that looks likely to get 16% of the vote, which the Greens appear to be going to do, would make good sense.
Particularly if you could find some common policy areas where you were both prepared to co-operate.
But not our Denis. He is not a political pragmatist and has made a principled decision. He obviously thinks that the fundamental-Christian, climate-denying Rise Up Australia party is closer to the Coalition than the Greens.
Victorian election: Poll shows Napthine government remains in losing position.
It will be interesting to see if this move brings about an improvement in the polls.