Greens' hypocrisy on full display


The spineless Greens have today sensationally voted to have their own motion adjourned in the Legislative Assembly that urgently calls on the government to suspend the sale of land at Gungahlin Town Centre and for a thorough review to be undertaken on planning.

The motion brought forward by Greens MLA Andrew Braddock was based on a petition that he sponsored on behalf of the Gungahlin Community Council. The motion which calls for ‘urgent action’ was at odds with the position of the Labor Party who initially accused the Greens of bringing a motion contrary to the Labor-Greens Parliamentary Agreement.

Canberra Liberals Leader Elizabeth Lee slammed Labor and the Greens for abusing parliamentary procedure to show their loyalty once again is to each other over the community.

“There is no reason that this matter should be adjourned with Labor and the Greens instead using numbers in the chamber to vote to protect their own political interests. They are making a mockery of our parliament and they should be ashamed of themselves,” said Ms Lee.

“Mr Braddock and the Greens have been out in the media and in the community telling everyone how urgent this matter is and then come into this place and sell-out to appease their political partner.

“The motion was apparently so urgent that it asks the ACT Government to report back the very next day. We now see a farcical situation where Mr Braddock is voting with his Labor colleagues to adjourn the debate of his own motion into the never never.

“This is an absolute slap in the face to every single Canberran who signed the petition in good faith; to every single Canberran who voted for the Greens to stand up for the community; to every single Canberran who relies and expects elected representatives to put their community first," Ms Lee concluded.

Liberal MLA for Yerrabi Leanne Castley said this stunt by Labor and the Greens was disappointing for the Gungahlin community.

“Gungahlin residents signed this petition in good faith because they believe urgent action is needed and they have lost complete faith in the ACT Government planning system,” Ms Castley said.

“The Gungahlin community should be rightly disappointed with how they have been treated and deserve much better."