Milne – and all of her colleagues – don’t come close to his slick, smooth and shrewd manipulations. They’ll miss him and will no doubt mourn his departure with all the fervour of North Korean mourners. The Greens empire will struggle to survive this loss. Their struggle for relevance and traction when Labor is Opposition is all-too evident. They are a one-trick pony, or perhaps more accurately a parasite that only does well when its Labor host is doing well. And like all parasites, if left unchecked, they can do serious damage, as they have most certainly done to the Gillard government, which despite all appearances, has actually done some good things that will leave many of its ministers – like Conroy, Shorten and Smith – able to look back with pride on their achievements. None of that looks like mattering though. For Bob Brown’s biggest political legacy other than destroying the Democrats has been to nobble this Labor government in a way a whole generation of Labor people – and voters – will never forget, or forgive.