Politics

Is it Possible to Loathe the Greens Enough?

Mehreen Faruqi’s appearance on Sunday’s edition of ABC’s Insiders has proven, yet again, that it’s impossible to be adequately revulsed by the Greens. In a now-viral interview, the keffiyeh-clad Senator declared that the dismantling of Hamas would be entirely foreign to her policy.

Although host David Speers dangled plenty of opportunities for Faruqi to mop up, she simply couldn’t bring herself to say that the Palestinians might be better off under alternative leadership. That must have struck most viewers as a fairly easy moral test, and the Greens Senator rushed to fail it. Instead, she huffed: “Hamas has nothing to do with recognising Palestinian statehood. Recognising Palestinian statehood is about Palestinians being able to self determine.”

Faruqi, perhaps better than any other Greens politician, unites the qualities of gormlessness and verbosity. She is unaware, I guess, that the majority of Gazans voted for Hamas, still approve of its October 7 pogrom, and would like to see the terror army assume greater post-war governing responsibilities, preferably in a Jew-less area extending from about the river to the sea. Should a Palestinian state come about on Faruqi’s timeline, Hamas would very likely have something to do with those arrangements, despite her claims to the contrary. Anyhow, she went on to call the dismantling and extirpation of Hamas “a hypothetical, theoretical scenario that probably is never likely to happen.” I leave it to readers to detect for themselves how much wishcasting is contained within that statement.

As usual with the Greens, it got worse. “It’s not up to me to say who should be gone or not,” Faruqi added. It’s up to the Palestinians to decide “where they want to go with their own region, not intervention from Western countries.” In the next breath, though, she indicated that her policy of non-interventionism certainly excludes Israel, as she prattled on about Labor’s failure both to punish the Netanyahu government and create the conditions for peace in the Middle East.

For the rest of the interview, Faruqi showed off her talent as an unofficial spokesperson for Hamas’ public relations arm. First, in accordance with the preferences of the Gaza Health Ministry, she dutifully recited the propaganda numbers of war dead, neglecting to note the distinction between fighters and civilians. Second, after Speers gauged her receptivity to the release of Israeli hostages, she speedily changed the topic. Don’t forget, she whined, about her demand for Israel to release Palestinian hostages from its prisons, which is a condition of the latest ceasefire deal. I’m sure that those barbarous Islamist terrorists anticipating a return to the battlefield are grateful for the Australian Greens’ passionate support for their liberation.

To her credit, during the interview Faruqi mastered the impulse to call for Israel’s destruction, so that’s progress of a sort. That can’t be easy, I suspect. Last November at a Greens-spruiked School Strike for Palestine rally in Sydney, Faruqi posed for an Instagram snap with some prospective party members, one of whom waved a placard featuring an Israeli flag in a trash receptacle alongside the anti-Semitic slogan ‘Keep the World Clean’.

Readers may also recall Faruqi’s uncontrollable outrage in the days after October 7. To be clear, her ire wasn’t in the least directed at Hamas’ murderous campaign. Instead, her first comments on the war’s outbreak only arrived when the government proposed lighting up Parliament House in blue and white to show its solidarity with Israel. “One colonial government supporting another,” Faruqi harrumphed. “What a disgrace.”

All this is in keeping with the Greens’ contemptible reluctance to issue a public criticism of Hamas on just about any matter over the last nine months. They didn’t support a motion to do so in the Federal Parliament last year, and the State Greens can hardly find a bad word to say about the terror group, either. Instead, you’re much likelier to find New South Wales MP Jenny Leong invoking Nazi propaganda regarding Jewish tentacles at a local anti-Israel hatefest. Moreover, Faruqi, along with Jordon Steele-John and leader Adam Bandt, has defended both the vandals who defaced the war memorials and the intruders who belted out Hamas’ favourite genocidal rhyme from the top of Parliament House.

With this record, none of what Mehreen Faruqi said during her Insiders appearance ought to be surprising at all. Anthony Albanese, though, still appeared baffled when questioned about the interview. His response, as usual, was tepid and pathetic, with his suggestion that the Greens must be queasily aware that they’re up to no good and should just come to their senses.

That, I’m afraid, is about as likely as a Greens politician happily standing in the vicinity of an Australian flag. The Prime Minister’s light touch, however, might be explained as mental and political preparation for a power sharing arrangement with the minor party as the prospect of minority government after the next election looms.

That’s a grim thought on which to end, I know, but it goes to my original point about the inexhaustible fund of revulsion that the party inspires and deserves. Though you may have a low opinion of the Greens at present, I suspect it’s nowhere yet near low enough.

Timothy Cootes is a frequent contributor to Quadrant and Quadrant Online

10 thoughts on “Is it Possible to Loathe the Greens Enough?

  • Tony Tea says:

    Is it possible to loathe the Greens enough? No. They are a sh!t stain on the Australian blanket.

  • STJOHNOFGRAFTON says:

    The Greens (New Reds Jihad) seem to be metamorphosing into the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • BalancedObservation says:

    If the Coalition doesn’t pull its socks up very soon we’re going to see the Greens in government with Labor. The last Newspoll, only a few days ago, showed the Coalition would not win an election now.
    .
    The most likely result would probably be a Labor Greens government.
    .
    And the Greens have got a lot worse since they kept the Gillard government in office years ago.
    .
    It’s a different party altogether now. For the worst.

    • KemperWA says:

      The Greens are vile men and women. Utterly revolting. What sensible honest Australian would vote for a woman or any government candidate/party who would call their children colonists? Surely Australians aren’t that stupid? The culture war being waged on Australians by Australian governments and the media is insufferable.

  • Alistair says:

    I dont really understand this article. I thought that in a democracy the voters were allowed to vote for which ever idiot politician they liked – be they Green Labor or Liberal. … Or be they Palestinian Hamas supporters. Or be they senile old men who cant finish a sentence. Its the rule by the majority. That’s how democracy works. I dont know how you deal with this in a democratic State – but I sure dont want to find out how you deal with it in an undemocratic State – which is most certainly the direction we are heading.

  • Peter Marriott says:

    Good piece Timothy.

  • padraic says:

    In normal circumstances in a democracy it is a good idea to have a minority and powerless party to cater for the votes of a noisy minority of shark huggers, drug afficionados, people who still believe in Santa Claus etc because it channels their vote and energy nowhere and allows the adults to get on with the job with running the country. However, when they infiltrate and capture the system and train up future generations to believe in their negativity they are taking a long view, and it is starting to show in electoral results. Like this excellent article we need more to show exactly what they stand for, as the citizens down in the ACT are finding out, if a major party tries to govern in coalition with them..

  • James McKenzie says:

    We now spend billions on education: undoubtedly the 19th century system provided value for money. A good business model to follow?

  • Geoff Sherrington says:

    My career in minerals including uranium demanded more than usual interaction with greens because they persistently tried to harm us, uninvited. They lacked positive contributions. They were for putting us out of business. Our resistance took us as far as the expensive High Court, after damage along the way from a green Judge who had just retired as President of the Australian Conservation Foundation.
    In summary, my many colleagues and I concluded that a common property of greens was “thick as two planks, but cunning and driven by ideology.”
    This was a decade or two ago, but the description still applies. Most of us are working to get more cash, not for a mental model of a non-existent world like in kindy stories of the Garden of Eden.
    Warning, Prime Minister, your future plans will cause headaches if you pander to green ideologies. “If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.” (But I like dogs.). Geoff S

  • BalancedObservation says:

    The Greens have really got so much worse in recent times. It’s disappointing to see Bob Brown support them as they are now. He was never as extreme as the current mob.
    .
    I can recall Bob Brown being stronger on China than either Labor and the Coalition. For example he opposed the visit of Li Peng in 2002.
    .
    The two major parties were sucking up to China at the time. Well that still hasn’t changed much for one of the majors. And we know who that major party is – don’t we “handsome boy”.
    .
    Once the Greens had legitimacy on certain local environmental issues at least. I can even remember the Nationals ( usually outstanding local members) cooperating with the Greens locally.
    .
    I’m hopeful the Greens will lose a number of longer term more moderate supporters as a result of their morally bankrupt more recent policies. I’m hoping many of their long standing more moderate supporters will see the light.
    .
    Arguably the Greens are vulnerable in seats like Kooyong, Wentworth and McNamara.
    .
    The Greens and Teals are likely to be even more strategically important at the next election but also vulnerable on the Middle East in those seats in particular – as is Labor.
    .
    The Teals and the Greens are also vulnerable on economic issues as of course are Labor with their poor handling of the economy.
    .
    The Teals have made some outrageously contradictory statements on economic issues recently. But there’s currently not a lot of informed commentary or quality economic policies from any party. The Coalition is actually Labor lite on economic issues.
    .
    The Greens are very vulnerable on the issue of high rents even though they see them as a signature issue. Their policies and politicking could be shown to have helped with increasing rents by a competent opposition.
    .
    The vulnerability of the Greens, Labor, the Teals will count for nothing even in the seats I mentioned if the Coalition can’t pull their socks up and empathize their policy differences more. The latest Newspoll, only a few days old, showed the Coalition would lose an election held now.

Leave a Reply