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April 21, 2021

Labor’s historic loss

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Speaking to the media for the first time since Labor’s historic loss (that could easily see ScoMo in power for the next ten years) Bill Shorten now under Albanese’s leadership, blamed ‘powerful vested interests, corporate leviathans and a financial behemoth spending unprecedented hundreds of millions of dollars advertising, telling lies, spreading fear’ that caused Labor’s shock election defeat.

What baloney, Bill. You lost because you underestimated your enemy (you knew all about Clive Palmer). Worse, you failed to sell your strategies (policies) to the Australian people.

‘A fairer Australia’ sounded good but the average punter could not work out whether they were going to be winners or losers because the message was too complicated and that’s your fault. And the fact that the enemy took advantage is again your fault not their fault. And blaming others is very pedestrian (which is why you lost). And, if Labor wants truth in political advertising, let it say so and put up a bill. It’s never done so before?

Meanwhile on the home front, Justine Elliot won Richmond for the sixth consecutive time increasing Labor’s vote in her electorate while it plummeted everywhere else (despite the hurdles), yet she didn’t score a Guernsey? The ALP factions instead gave Bill and his ‘puppet’ acolyte Senator Keneally, top slots with Keneally reaching the heights of the opposition front bench with less than two years in office. Remarkable, what has she ever done except to get Bill to parachute her into a Senate position a year or so ago on the back of a retirement and smile for the media when required. A ‘drover dog’ could get elected as number two on the ALP NSW Senate ticket.

As any coach will tell you Mr Albanese, if you want victory put your best, seasoned battle hardened players on the field; not ‘lipstick’ favourites, and watch your back because based on form to date the next Labor leader will be Kristina Keneally.

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  1. Brainwashed by the Greens, hell bent on destroying the recsources industries, taxing the crap out of voters , not one negative response from the financial sector’s , regarding the coalition’s return , have said this time and again , labor was once a party for the blue collar workers..NOT anymore , absolute bunch of lefty , green leaning socialist , And to think i voted for labor for 20 years ..and yes Mr T ..KK, its seems would do anything to be at the helm of the labor …takes more than fake smile Etc ..to get the voters approval in Australia KK ..by the way this did not help her cameo roles in the most corrupt NSW Government in history ..what legacy did KK leave behind for all her efforts ?

  2. There are many reasons for Labor’s Love Lost but
    I’ve already gone into these in other sections here.
    No, don’t blame the Greens, Barrow. Or Keanlly
    since I believe the woman will surprise you soon
    enough. And… as for Sharples – now that’s by
    far sharper. Palmer did a lot of damage & spent
    heaps of cash for what we all know he wanted.
    But Labor’s ‘Bill of wrongs’ underestimated the
    underdog – ie; us. The man’s belief system [&
    that’s if he ever had one] that dribbled along
    made less sense than ‘the heavies’ we are
    stuck with. Too many promises that sounded
    hollow, were thought-up & dropped on the
    run. His understanding of the Climate
    Debate looked & sounded shallow. What, if
    anything, was he going to do with Adani &
    the others waiting in the wings to rip this
    country apart? Nix. No answer. Bill lost
    the election. He lost my trust & just about
    everyone I know. How Albo’s supposed to
    fix Labor’s stuff-ups is a tough one. Just
    let Albo do his best & allow KK to show
    you she’s no body’s fool.

    • Why not blame the Greens? It was the Greens that attacked Labor constantly over Adani and it was their founding father that led that hypocritical drive to Central QLD. Focusing unrelentingly on that one issue persuaded many working people and QLDers to support Morrison. Mr Sharples above provides a good summary of the rest of the story.

  3. The Greens attacked the LNP & the lies &
    bigotry of the government. A government
    ‘for sale’ is no government at all – just
    bully-boys [mostly] who didn’t grow up.
    Bob Brown in a grown man who’s
    devoted his life for the betterment of
    Australia. His non-profit Bush Heritage,
    1,000,000 plus hectares right across
    this country speaks for itself because
    it’s a ‘gift’ to all of us. There are 39 BHA
    properties now with plans for more. Bob,
    as is said by those who know, does this
    for the future of all. Adani’s latest number
    count on those he will employ is 800.
    Now, with the Climate Alert that any red
    blooded Aussie will jump into & offer to
    help it’s strange how some of us have
    turned their backs on the country that’s
    given us life & mateship. Once we stood
    by our mates. Now, only money speaks.


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