Brown a Green of many coloursThe ''Earth parliament'' would have goals of economy (prudent resource management), equality, ecology and eternity (the non-religious kind - ''the pursuit of eternity is no longer the prerogative of the gods - it is the business of us all, here and now'').Politicians talk about vision but not usually like this. ''Recently, when I got back to bed at Liffey [the property he has gifted to Bush Heritage] after ruminating under the stars on this question for hours, Paul [his partner] inquired, 'Did you see a comet?' 'Yes,' I replied, 'And it is called Global Democracy.''
Global democracy alone will save us from ourselvesSo why isn't life out there contacting us? Why aren't the intergalactic phones ringing?Here is one sobering possibility for our isolation: maybe life has often evolved to intelligence on other planets with biospheres and every time that intelligence, when it became able to alter its environment, did so with catastrophic consequences. Maybe we have had many predecessors in the Cosmos but all have brought about their own downfall.That's why they are not communicating with Earth. They have extincted themselves. They have come and gone. And now it's our turn.In 2003 our other Greens senator, Kerry Nettle, seconded the motion but we failed to attract a single other vote in the 76-seat chamber. The four other parties - the Liberals, the Nationals, Labor and the Democrats - voted ''no!''. As he crossed the floor to join the no's, one senator called to me: ''Bob, don't you know how many Chinese there are?''Well, yes I did. Surely that is the point. There are just 23 million Australians among 7 billion equal Earthians. Unless and until we accord every other citizen of the planet, friend or foe, and regardless of race, gender, ideology or other characteristic, equal regard we, like them, can have no assured future.Let us determine to bring ourselves together, settle our differences, and shape and realise our common dream for this joyride into the future. In that pursuit, let us create a global democracy and parliament under the grand idea of one planet, one person, one vote, one value.
Earth to Gillard: Watch Bob BrownYet the more Labor gives to the Greens the more they want. And Labor has followed them, chasing its former supporters to the left instead of trying to fight for the middle ground.All the evidence suggests this will prove fatal, not just to a transient government but to the prospects for the party across the nation for some time to come.Apart from the carbon tax, Labor has given the Greens a $10 billion green energy fund, undermining the economic credibility of the government's carbon tax package. The ALP has also fallen for the Greens-generated gay marriage push -- not necessarily unwise or unpopular except that a government struggling with the basics is signalling to the electorate that it might have its priorities wrong.Similarly the Greens have lured the Gillard government into an argument with the media and an ill-advised excursion into media regulation. The green agenda has pushed state Labor governments to favour wind turbines and solar schemes that continue to push up power prices; and desalination plants, obsolete already, that have driven up water rates.In the Labor-Green alliance it is the Greens agenda that has triumphed but it is Labor that has paid the price.Just to rub it in, Greens senator Lee Rhiannon told me on Sky News on the weekend that "Labor's problems are of Labor's making; it's like they don't have confidence in themselves and they've lost the confidence of the electorate."Those words demonstrate clearly that the parasite on the left wing of politics is happy to kill its host. "For a long time Labor has tried to walk both sides of the road," Rhiannon said, shamelessly claiming Labor had abandoned workers for corporations and failed to protect public assets. To cap it off, this senator for the party that forced Labor's hand on a carbon tax, audaciously suggested that Labor needed to focus on cost of living issues.Earth to Julia Gillard: these Green Earthians are not your friends.