30 October 2010

Why I Resigned From The Tasmanian Greens

Hi ###,
Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. My resignation from the TG's was the result of some months of tension between the party and myself. I had a number of issues with the party that were not being addressed. The Greens support for the 'forest agreement' using proxy negotiators, who agreed to a tree plantation dominated Northern Tasmania, and a pulp mill was one. The 'Hobart-centric' party organisation was another. TAP in the Tamar Valley do not support the 'forest agreement' and I am a member. The Green's
position on forestry is now unclear in my view. The party's growth and new political influence are a contributor also. I don't think the party has a coherent policy on globalisation and world trade. This is going to cause real problems. The party now embodies too many contradictory, populist and shallow policies. For example: Why do the Greens help keep a government in power that exports uranium so other countries can generate electricity while opposing the same thing in Australia? Why are the Tasmanian Greens keeping a government in power that has removed some of my democratic rights? (section 11 of the PMAA) My online comments and 'cartoons' was another issue. I got into online disagreements with Peter Whish-Wilson and Adam Burling over Greens forest policy. I was censured for that, but they were not. (to my knowledge). A formal grievance was lodged by convenor Trish Moran. Mainly the grounds were 'statements published online... regarded as an attack on the policies of the Tasmanian Greens.'
The result of that was that I could stay in the party if I agreed to conditions such as:
"While a Greens Councillor Stevens before publishing anything with political content,
Should seek and obtain guidance from Lyons Branch Convenor or other relevant members of the TGP or elected Greens" I decided this was too onerous to comply with and resigned. The grievance resolution mechanism was quite good. I thank Trish Moran for coming up from Hobart for that. A problem with The Wilderness Society and the Greens is the 'revolving door' between the two organisations. More importantly, many now believed the 'wildos' hijack environmental 'causes' to solicit donations. They receive large sums from US 'charities' like the Pew Foundation, who are known to 'steer' environmentalists away from industrial projects (such as oil sand mining in Canada) Some of the TWS funds can be traced to US pulp mills who buy carbon credits from Pew. The reality is nothing like what the grass roots campaigners and supporters think. Due to a 'tribal' mentality they are unable to accept these ideas.
I believe that TWS 'hijacked' the pulp mill cause, and are still soliciting donations to oppose it, although they also support a pulp mill and say one 'is needed'. I believe this is fraudulent. The Tas Greens position is not much better, both supporting and opposing a pulp mill (with conditions) If you look at my published online content you can see why it was a relief for the Greens to see the last of me:
I hope I have cleared-up my reasons for resigning from the party. I'm happy if you distribute this letter.

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