The events of the past fortnight have rocked the Australian Greens in a way they have not been at any point since their entry into the Australian political scene. The dual episodes of the public debate surrounding Senator Lee Rhiannon’s suspension from the Greens federal Party Room, followed by the shock resignation of now-ex Senator Ludlam for failure to renounce his pre-existing New Zealand citizenship, leave the party in an awkward position. And these events raise serious questions about their internal processes.
Source: The Australian Greens
As has been pointed out by Narelle Miragliotta in The Conversation, the Greens NSW has the ability to bind its MPs to policy, and indeed would appear to hold this as a normal practice, not allowing a conscience vote on matters. Of course, MPs are still individuals and could vote against party policy, potentially triggering disendorsement, but NSW Greens MPs have generally held…
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