Author(s): Paddy Manning
A revelatory examination of the history and the future of the Australian Greens After a decade of unprecedented political volatility, Australians appear increasingly disillusioned with the two major parties. Yet the Greens, the third force in Australian politics since the turn of the century, get comparatively little scrutiny. Inside the Greensis a warts-and-all look at the party's roots, key personalities, policies, turning points, and highs and lows, with all the colour and cloak-and-dagger factional intrigue thrown in. The key question was framed by former prime minister Julia Gillard- are the Greens just a party of protest or can they become a party of government? Put another way, are the Greens up to it? Journalist Paddy Manning interviews those on all sides of the story -- friends and foes both inside and outside the party, and Greens past and present, including Bob Brown, Christine Milne, Lee Rhiannon, Adam Bandt, Scott Ludlam and Richard Di Natale. Drawing on the history and current challenges for the party to examine its future, Manning weaves a compelling and controversial account of where the Greens -- and Australia -- are heading.