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Kevin Andrews MP wary of Greens’ agenda

Kevin Andrews (Pictured)

A former Federal Government minister, Mr Kevin Andrews MP, told college residents this week that the Greens represented a danger to mainstream politics in Australia.

Speaking in Warrane’s main common room, Mr Andrews, the Federal Member for Menzies, said he was concerned that most Australian voters seemed to be unaware of the real motives of the Greens and that they would therefore be allowed to drag Australian government towards increasingly extreme positions

Mr Andrews is currently the Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services. In the Howard coalition government he was Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Minister for Ageing, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service. He was raised in country Victoria and studied Law and Arts at Melbourne University, where he lived at Newman College, before completing a Master of Laws at Monash.

Addressing residents on July 27, he pointed out that Western societies were based on a common tradition stretching back to the Greeks and Romans that was founded on the pillars of human dignity and freedom. “Our society was founded on a basis of human freedom or liberty and a sense of the dignity of each human individual,” he said. “It is based on the idea that we humans are the most significant component of the world in which we live.”

Appropriately, these principles were written into key documents like the UN Declaration on Human Rights and were also the basis of common law.

By contrast, the Greens had a very different point of view, summed up once by the left-wing unionist and environmental activist, Jack Mundey, in the expression “environmental Marxism”.

“The Greens are fundamentally concerned not about humanity, but about the earth as some kind of organism that must come first,” he said.

Greens like Federal MP Bob Brown and atheist philosopher Peter Singer believed that to put humans first was to engage in some kind of “speciesism” and that animals should be treated as well as human beings. The Greens founding documents made it clear that human freedom and dignity should not come first. This impacted on a whole range of their policies, influencing their attitudes to everything from economic growth to world trade.

It also impacted on many moral issues: “Because humans dont’ have any intrinsic dignity,” he said, “they believe abortion and euthanasia is okay.”

Peter Singer even believed that infanticide was permissible and that parents should be allowed several months to be sure that their child had no defects before they had to decide whether it should be allowed to continue to live.

Mr Andrews said that while the Greens would not rush into putting their policies into effect, they nevertheless intended to “implement them one by one, incrementally over a period of time”.

Mr Andrews said he wasn’t suggesting that Australians should not take care of the environment. “We have a duty of stewardship over the world,” he said. But he did object to the Greens’ view that “the environment is primary and everything else is secondary”.

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