Things are going from bad to worse for the Greens party.
Following a series of damaging allegations over the past year that included bullying and sexual misconduct, party members are abandoning the increasingly bitter faction.
However, the most recent Minister to exit doesn’t pin her leaving on the loss of her seat, but on the nature of the party itself.
As for the Greens, they’re still reviewing their 2018 election campaign.
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Samantha Dunn latest to quit the Greens
The former Victorian upper house MP announced her resignation from the Greens in a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday — in which she blasted the party for being toxic.
The post read the following:
‘The Greens are distracted by populism, self interest, power, ego, narcissism, megalomania, appealing to narrowcast demographics and virtue signalling while exercising that old war strategy of divide and conquer.’
Ms Dunn, who joined the party in 2004, lost her seat in November last year, alongside three other upper house members, including Lidia Thorpe, in the lower house seat of Northcote.
Alex Bhathal, a repeat federal candidate, quit the Greens in February, following accusations of bullying during the Batman by-election, the Australian Associated Press reports.
However, Ms Bhathal made a similar statement to Ms Dunns. She said she had lost faith in the governance of the party, and felt as though she had been ‘bullied’ out of the party.
Ms Dunn will be missed
It seems, however, that Ms Dunn’s resignation has come as a surprise, and a regrettable one at that.
Victorian Greens co-conveners, Colleen Hartland and Willisa Hogarth said in a statement:
‘Samantha is a committed activist dedicated to saving Victoria’s forests and protecting the environment and we wish Samantha well for the future.’
Maybe this will be a wakeup call for the party — if the previous leaders weren’t.
They’d best be careful, before the Greens start to implode completely from within.
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