The northern-rivers-based Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party has slammed the proposed deal between the Turnbull government and the Greens Party.
HEMP Party secretary Andrew Kavasilas said the proposed Senate reform changes ‘will rely on a flimsy excuse that voters will have the option to direct their own preferences’.
‘The truth is most voters don’t and the majors and know it,’ Mr Kavasilas told Echonetdaily.
‘What this effectively does is funnel all votes to Liberal-National Party Labor and Greens, in spite of the fact about 30 parties of voters are dissatisfied with the majors and vote for minor parties, it’s just not fair,’ he said.
‘HEMP has recently made public some long running cracks in their relationship, bringing to light NSW Green’s voting for saliva testing in 2006 and the more recent Greens sponsored Medical Cannabis Regulator Bill.
‘Despite HEMP’s extensive knowledge of the issue, it feels like we’ve been ignored by Greens since 2006, and they definitely didn’t listen to us more recently when we explained the Regulator Bill was nothing but a Trojan Horse for all the majors to merely say they support medical cannabis.
‘If medical cannabis was that easy to initiate, why hasn’t any other country allowed it? It really was a distraction, waste of time, money and the public’s expectations.’
Mr Kavasilas said he had aalways tried to work in with the Greens, but ‘it’s become quite apparent Greens aren’t listening to their grass root supporters any more’.
‘I think they’ve come to understand the only way forward for them is to help eliminate the micro parties and work towards an amalgamation with the Labor Party, just like the Nationals. That’s the only way they can be relevant in the future, not effective, but relevant.
‘It’s not too late, if other Greens supporters look into the proposed changes and understand how Australia is moving towards an American style two-party system, there may be time to stop the Greens from supporting the government on this.
‘I think when people realise world free trade agreements and instruments like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) rely on a finely tuned two-party systems to work effectively for big multi nationals, it’ll be too late’, Mr Kavasilas said.