Greens’ philosophy questioned

Australian Greens' leader Bob Brown is philosophically a long way from Nick Clegg in British politics,  according to an opinion piece by Angela Shanahan in Saturday’s The Australian.

The party is underpinned by a “green ethic” which “directly contradicts the old Christian, biblically based ethic of man at the centre of creation” , Shanahan writes.

A longer article on the policies and intentions of the Greens, also by Shanahan, as well as an article on the same topic by Greens Leader Bob Brown, appears in the latest edition of ACL’s public policy magazine Viewpoint – please go to to find out more and subscribe.

While Shanahan’s opinion piece in The Australian made some important observations about the Greens and the Christian vote, ACL was concerned about a statement made in the article which, perhaps inadvertently,  challenged our non-partisan position.

On Monday, The Australian published a letter from ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace responding. Below is the full text of his letter:

Angela Shanahan ("Christians must boost immunity to Greens virus", Inquirer, 12-13/6) is correct to point out the anti-Christian, even anti-faith agenda of the Greens.

Nowhere was this better illustrated than the Greens almost pathological attack on freedom of religion in Victoria, when they attempted through the government there to have the right of churches and faith organisations to employ people with beliefs compatible with theirs removed.

However, she is wrong to suggest that I'm an "unabashed Rudd supporter". I admire both Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott for their willingness to reflect their faith in politics, but like the Australian Christian Lobby, I'm not partisan with regard to the two major parties. I'm just critical of them when necessary and of minor parties that try to present themselves as something they are not, which the Greens are doing in suggesting they are an alternative to Labor and Liberal, when in reality they represent the far Left of politics.