Essential Poll Shows Greens Still Extreme

“Today’s Essential Report on the Greens’ vote confirms the public believes their policies are too extreme, even after they dumped their specific policy measures in favour of general ‘principles’ and ‘aims’.”

“52% of those surveyed think that the Greens policies are too extreme, up from 47% in November.”

Senator Abetz said the Greens’ attempt to airbrush policies like freezing funding for private schools, abolishing the private health insurance rebate and imposing death duties had obviously failed.

 “The public has seen the results of the Greens' Carbon Tax policy which has cost jobs and driven up electricity prices,” Senator Abetz said.

“Then there is the Greens 'open door' attitude to border protection, which has seen Labor lose control of our borders to people smugglers.”

“The public has also seen:

  • Many Greens, including Senator Lee Rhiannon, still support the vile Boycotts Divestment Sanctions campaign against Israel
  • In her earlier life as a leading Communist, Senator Rhiannon - who after two years has still not posted her promised detailed response to her ASIO file - had a meeting set up for her with the KGB's station chief in Australia
  • Prior to entering the Senate, as a NSW Parliamentarian, Senator Rhiannon met and played 'footsie' with 911/truthers' who deny that terrorists were responsible for the attack on the twin trade towers
  • Some Greens take the Party's policy of 'marriage for all' to mean exactly that – with some now even setting up a Polyamorist Action Lobby to push for the legalisation of polyamorous marriage
  • A policy planning day where NSW Greens were instructed to imagine they were talking to aliens to outline their policies


“The Greens will always be 'watermelons' - Green on the outside and red inside - no matter how they cloak their policies.”

Senator Abetz also noted that the Essential Report showed that the Greens primary vote has declined to 9-10% from around 12% at the last election.

“Greens voters also appear to be the least ‘rusted on’. Only 38% of those Greens voters surveyed have firmly made up their mind to vote Green, whereas 45% said they could change their vote and 16% hadn’t even made up their mind.”

“What this means is that the real Greens core vote could be as low as 4%, which is no wonder given their loopy and extreme policies,” Senator Abetz said.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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