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AustraliaFormer Victorian Greens MP Samantha Dunn quits over party's 'toxic' culture

16:26  14 march  2019
16:26  14 march  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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A former Victorian Greens MP has sensationally resigned from the party, lashing out at what she says is a "toxic" culture within its ranks.

Ms Dunn was the Upper House MP for the Eastern Metropolitan region for a single term, losing her seat at the 2018 election.

In a scathing post on Facebook, Ms Dunn denied her decision to quit was triggered by her election loss.

"I didn't resign because I lost my seat …I resigned because the Greens are too toxic to be part of my life anymore," she said.

"The standard you walk by is the standard you accept, and I'm not prepared to walk by and accept any more of the culture, behaviours and practice I see in the Greens.

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While the party picked up the seat of Brunswick, it lost the recently gained seat of Northcote and lost four seats in the Upper House.

Ms Dunn said the Greens lacked the ability to "critically self-reflect" on any shortcomings.

"The Greens vote dropped in every Upper House seat, the vote dropped across the state in the Lower House … in the Greens safest Upper House seat, Northern Metro, the vote dropped.

"If this is what success looks like then the benchmark is very low."

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The party's tilt at the federal seat of Batman was derailed by allegations of bullying against its candidate, Alex Bhathal, who resigned from the party in February, citing problems with governance.

Its Victorian election campaign was also beset by scandal, with one candidate accused of sexual misconduct and another forced to apologise after using degrading terms in a rap song he wrote about women.

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The party has had other problems.

A staffer accused former Greens leader Greg Barber of sexism and the complaint was settled, with Mr Barber conceding it was true.

Ms Dunn said the party could not manage conflict and its probity processes lacked the rigour required to preselect candidates.

"The Greens' aversion to conflict resolution means that tensions fester, no-one is ever pulled up for poor behaviours, the behaviours escalate and become legitimised because no-one ever says no or stop it or that's inappropriate," she said.

"The paralysis embedded in the culture of the Greens in terms of dealing with poor behaviours has created a toxic mire."

In a statement, the party's co-conveners said they were disappointed Ms Dunn had left the party.

"Samantha is a committed activist dedicated to saving Victoria's forests and protecting the environment and we wish Samantha well for the future," it said.

"As is normal practice, the party is conducting a review into the 2018 state election, and is committed to learning the lessons from that campaign."

Responding to a question on her Facebook post, Ms Dunn said she would continue to vote for the party.

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