Paul Howes, who of all people is familiar is with Socialists, puts the Greens under the spotlight. They are only masquerading as environmentalists. Their motives are much more sinister.
The enigma is... why is Labor preferencing them in the Senate? They are only making trouble for themselves. Perhaps they want to use them as a backstop, in case they lose the election, to sabotage any Coalition legislation in the Senate. They are playing with fire.
My BoldsRhiannon, standing for the Senate and tipped by psephologists including Malcolm Mackerras as likely to win, has a well-documented past as a "red diaper baby"; the daughter of pro-Soviet communists Bill and Freda Brown.
While her heritage need not dictate her politics, she has a reputation -- including within her own party -- as a hard-left, urban socialist with only a passing interest in the environment; if not pink then watermelon (green on the outside and red on the inside).
Australian Workers Union secretary Paul Howes, a former radical leftie himself and now a key player in Labor's right, is among those pointing to Rhiannon's elevation as evidence of socialists hijacking the Greens. Howes warns that newcomers of Rhiannon's bent are "infiltrating" inner-city branches of the Greens, seeking to turn it into a "socialist-style party". He is so sure of this, he says, because he knows many of them.
"I've never hidden from the fact that I had a background in far-left politics, but I had a political conversion when I was 15," he says.
"I stopped believing in socialism, and eventually embraced the political philosophy I hold today. I admitted publicly I was wrong.
"But I know quite a few of my friends, people I knew who held those same views, still hold them today, and they see the Greens as their vehicle.
"These really are people masquerading as environmental defenders but who are in essence those who would have found a home in the Communist Party once upon a time."