“An economy that serves people and nature” was big picture stuff. It was positive, relevant, informative, and offered the nation an optimistic outlook where peoples’ happiness should be included as a national criterion.
If the latter sounds like a typical ‘motherhood’ political statement, it wasn’t. It was well supported by plenty of policy detail – including the need to shift the tax system towards Ken Henry’s aspirations for Australia’s future tax system.
“Oh, but they can say these high-minded things because they’re unlikely to attain political power in their own right!” doesn’t quite cut it any longer when Milne painted such a all-encompassing picture, so markedly different from that of the Labor and Liberal parties.
That the Greens are having their programs costed also sets them and Labor apart from the Libs. [Wha …! Greens having their policies costed now?]
Maybe Milne’s address–no doubt to be nit-picked by nihilist journos in tomorrow’s newspapers–might even herald a long-awaited change from the major parties. [Michele Grattan, unable to resist dropping the tag “frustrating party” on the Greens, was handled well in response by the Green’s leader.]
Instead of abuse and game-playing, a bit of vision from all parties, as expounded today by Christine Milne, would go a long way with Australia’s voters, if not its media commentators.