By making history and sending the first ever Green to the lower house, Melbourne will send an enormous message to all the parties that these issues are important and need to be agitated and pushed in parliament.
So says Adam Bandt, wannabe Greens Party candidate for the seat of Melbourne (emphasis mine).
The campaign being run by Bandt and the Greens Party is based on the lie that Adam Bandt would be the first, and historic, Greens MP elected to the House of Representatives. By electing Bandt, apparently, this would send a message to the major parties, Labor in particular, and see a shift to the left on a raft of policies.
Furthermore, a single Greens Party MP sitting on the cross benches will, according to Bandt, have more influence with Julia Gillard (or Tony Abbott if the worst happens and he loses) than a Labor back bencher:
Having another Labor member sitting on the back bench isn’t going to achieve anything as far as getting these reforms is concerned. What will achieve it is more Green voices being able to shift the debate and hold [Julia Gillard] to account.
Now, despite Adam Bandt’s breathless sloganeering in Melbourne, Michael Organ from NSW holds the title of first ever Greens Party Member of Parliament.
I was the first Australian Greens Federal Member for Cunningham in the Australian parliament from 19 October 2002 to 9 October 2004.
That’s right. For two years after a by-election in Cunningham (covering Wollongong) there was a Greens MP in the House of Representatives.
And after two years, Michael Organ was not re-elected. Because the people of Cunningham realised that the Greens Party can’t actually achieve anything.
Of course, Adam Bandt and the PR company running his campaign don’t want you to know about this.
They have fabricated the idea that “history” will be made in Melbourne. “History” was already made in Cunningham. At the time, this was a big deal, as this Canberra Times article shows. Yet Bob Brown and the rest of the Greens Party campaigners have conveniently forgotten about Michael Organ.
Why? Because in his two years as a Greens Party MP, he was able to achieve nothing. Check his Wikipedia page, or his personal web page or his list of Parliamentary speeches. No achievements are listed. Nothing delivered for his local constituents. In fact, he achieved so little that the Greens Party, Bob Brown, NSW Greens supremo Lee Rhiannon and even Adam Bandt have erased him from Greens history.