Granted, it was a Labor commissioned survey, but it is none the less quite telling:
... responders in the Melbourne [Batman] electorate describing the Greens leader in negative terms such as “aggressive”, “disappointing”, “arrogant”, “smarmy”, “confused” and “not Bob Brown”.
... with some responders associating the Greens leader with “disunity”, “infighting”, “complaint”, “bullying” and “secrets”.
I said in the aftermath of the Batman by-election that Di Natale's pitch to right-wing voters over dividend imputation is what cost the Greens the election. This merely confirms my analysis.
The response from Di Natale's spokesperson is also very telling:
“This so-called ‘polling’ says far more about the Labor Party’s growing anxieties about the Greens in the inner city than anything else.”
Dismiss it as they will as some sort of 'Labor conspiracy', but they should know this: there are numerous people on the left; not just within the Labor Party but many non party aligned, members of smaller left wing parties and even people within the Greens who feel exactly the same way about Di Natale's leadership as this polling indicates.
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.