[The Hon. Kevin] Andrews [M.P.] says the roots of the Greens lie in the self-declared "ecological Marxism" of former BLF boss Jack Mundey and the Green Ban movement of the early 1970s that saw well-heeled Sydney NIMBYs and hard-left unionists join forces to block development, rather than the broader environmental movement.
Greens leader Bob Brown has cited the Green Ban movement as a key inspiration.
"Mundey's 'ecological Marxism' is an apt description of the Greens," Mr Andrews argues. "It sums up their two core beliefs. First, the environment is to be placed before all else. Secondly, the Greens are Marxist in their philosophy, and display the same totalitarian tendencies of all previous forms of Marxism when a political movement. By totalitarian, I mean the subordination of the individual in the impulse to forcibly rid society of all elements that, in the eyes of the adherent, mar its perfection."
Mr Andrews believes that while the Greens see themselves as humanists, their policies disregard humanity. "According to the Greens ideology, human dignity is neither inherent, nor absolute," he says, citing the 1996 manifesto by Senator Brown.