The Greens must embrace fiscal conservatism

Running through Christine Milne's economic vision is a risk of rising budget revenue and expenditure, as real investment piles on top of vote buying. It's a theme ignoring the most important lesson of recent years.

Greens leader Senator Christine Milne laid out her party's clearest economic vision in years in a major speech to the Press Club yesterday – claiming, among other things, that "the Greens are the most economically responsible party in the parliament".

That statement will have some readers reaching for their blood-pressure pills.

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