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25 June 2017
By Matt Hrkac

The decision that will make or break the Left within the Greens

Noted Left-wing Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon is under attack from her own party room:

New South Wales Greens senator Lee Rhiannon could face censure or expulsion from the [Greens] party room after a signed complaint letter from all her colleagues accused her of potentially damaging conduct in the schools debate.

The letter regarding Rhiannon’s conduct was discussed at a special national council meeting over the weekend but it is understood the council advised Greens MPs that it was up to the party room to take action as they saw fit.

The decision made here will very well determine whether or not the Greens can viably remain a home for the Left.

If Lee Rhiannon is exciled from the Greens party room, then that will show that the Left have no place within the Greens going forward. If she is allowed to remain, then the Left have a glimmer of hope within the Greens.

Either way, the party is splitting at the seams. Interesting times ahead.

About the author:

Matt Hrkac is a writer and activist based in Geelong who regularly contributes to Green Left Weekly. He has particular interests in politics, elections and the trade union movement and has had extensive involvement in a number of local campaigns. He is a former member of the Greens.

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