An open letter to Bill Shorten on the eve of National ALP Conference.
Dear Bill: I have seen first hand what a humane and progressive person you can be over disability and workplace issues. I know who you really are and I want that person to run this country.
I accept that playing ‘small target’ is necessary given the dynamics of Australian real-politik.
Very pleased to see that climate is still high on your agenda. It is right to take that stand and improves the ALP’s status internationally.
Have been reading a lot about ALP reform and acknowledge the dilemmas. Obviously I remain pro-democratisation, but would not want to be making those factional decisions.
Maybe the Right and unions could ease back a little and let the rank and file have more say.
Of asylum seekers: my years of exposure to strategic studies and international relations at Sydney Uni tell me that boat turnbacks won’t stem the global tide.
I have articulate, capable and caring friends on Manus who are authentic refugees. They would be an asset to any nation.
Please improve and reframe the debate to be more compassionate. The politics of selfishness is destroying Australia morally.
Very good luck with the National Conference. Will be watching every minute of it while juggling the lads’ needs.
Their disabilities are greatly mitigated by the therapy your federal Labor governments have provided and their future is protected by the NDIS legislation you put forward.
Jane Salmon, Killara NSW