By JR on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
KEY Labor powerbroker Sam Dastyari has attacked the Greens for accusing the ALP of having no values, saying the party is "bordering on loony".
The Labor powerbroker last weekend called for his party to no longer automatically favour the Greens in any future preference negotiations.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young responded by saying Labor would be a sell-out if it handed the coalition control of the Senate.
Speaking today, Mr Dastyari repeated claims the Greens were operating in their own self-interest.
"These people aren't our friends, they don't share our ideology, they don't share our values, they don't share our history," he told Macquarie Radio.
"I think for too long the Labor party, particularly in NSW, has really been giving the Greens a free ride. A lot of the Green agenda isn't in the interest of Labor voters."
Mr Dastyari, whose branch holds its conference in Sydney this weekend, said the Liberals, Nationals and Labor should no longer remain silent about the Greens' agenda.
"Sarah Hanson-Young ... started jumping up and down on radio saying 'oh there's no values, they show there's no values'.
"These are the type of people that if you don't have their values, if you don't agree with them, you're automatically discounted in the Australian political debate," he said.
"The biggest problem with the Greens isn't their aspirational policy agenda which is, you know, bordering on loony in half a dozen different areas, it's this refusal to compromise....
"You're not dealing with a bunch of kind of harmless hippies from the seventies anymore, these are a cold-hearted ... political party."