Labor core values are fairness and equality. We are the social justice Party, and that we have not communicated it well enough. And with respect, I have seen Greens sell out the environment for years, and again blocked Labor policy by siding with LNP.
And my history of Labor/ Greens relationships goes back to when the Greens started, and my experience is that the Greens are the rats on any deals or co-operation. Locally we have tried hard to work with Greens against the Tories, but they would rather work with the Libs.
Whitlam was a right-winger in Labor, as were Hawke and Keating; truth is that Labor today is further to the Left than anytime since I joined in 1971. Reality is that Rudd / Gillard Governments did a great job to legislate what they did, without majorities. No-one owns the Left; well Socialist Alliance think they do, but they are really batshit crazy.
Compare the Bob Brown Greens to today, and consider where Greens are getting their votes; not traditional Labor voters, but wealthy, educated, who are gentrifying Brunswick, Northcote etc.
Move back to Melbourne, Labor will take you in and shelter you from harm.