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Much as I respect Richard Jones’ opinions on many things, I can’t agree with his conclusion last week (‘Election views from a former NSW MLC’) that an election victory by Mandy Nolan would be unlikely to harm Labor’s chances of forming government.

Given how close the numbers are I believe it could.

Labor really can’t afford to risk losing any seats if we want to have the best chance of getting rid of this truly awful government.

Jenny Coman, Bangalow

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  1. Look at the major reforms that have come to Australian society since 1972:

    Whitlam: Universal health care, free tertiary education, the Schools Commission, no fault divorce and the family law court, legal aid, a Royal Commission to examine indigenous land rights and drafting of the first Commonwealth legislation.

    Hawke/Keating: tax reform including the family income supplement, the capital gains and fringe benefits taxes, rental assistance, subsidised home care services, the Accord and enterprise bargaining, the Mabo judgement.

    Rudd/Gillard: national apology to the stolen generation, the first serious policy moves on carbon reduction, a decent NBN, the Gonski education funding model (adopted by the states) the NDIS.

    No difference between the major parties? I know the reply will be that that was then. But Labor has not changed its ethos and vision. Why has contemporary Labor become less adventurous?

    Gough Whitlam faced three elections in three years, the Rudd/Gillard government was thrown out despite successfully steering the country through the GFC and avoiding recession, despite, during Gillard’s years, successfully passing a record level of productive legislation. Remember that Labor took more wealth distributive policies to the last election and lost despite chaos and disunity in the Coalition.

    Australia is a country that doesn’t like things shaken up, that has powerful conservative forces that stifle their reforming ambitions. How do you make Labor bold? By giving them a reasonable go in government – by voting for them in force.

    • Forgot to add Hawke stopping the damming of Lake Pedder and Keating’s universal superannuation. There are probably lots more I’ve forgotten.

      • Hi Liz,
        Hawke stopped the Franklin River dam in 1983, not the Lake Pedder dam, which was flooded at least 10 years earlier.
        Lake Pedder was dammed and flooded in early 1970s, directly leading to the formation of United Tasmania Party -t he world’s first environmental political party, which later became the Tasmania Wilderness Society before morphing into The Greens.

        • Thanks M.Clarke – a good lesson in not relying entirely on memory. I was basing my comment on my recollections of Hawke’s statements in 1983 where casting aside the controversial plan was one of the first things announced on election night. I’ve clearly got my campaigns confused.

    • Julia Gillard also instigated the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, finally giving those who had suffered a voice, something which they loved her for.
      The main problem with the Labor government is that the Murdoch press, the Peter Costello/LNP run Channel 9 press (including The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald) and Kerry Stokes Channel 7 run 82% of the media and therefore set their own climate change denying agenda, at the behest of their fossil fuel and corporate overlords, and providing cover for the most divisive and corrupt government in Australia’s history.
      Murdoch (along with Dick Cheney and Jacob Rothschild) is on the board of one of the world’s largest fossil fuel giants, Genie Energy, hence his agenda. The Labor Party went into the election campaign unable to come out hard for climate change action because they knew the Murdoch led press would crucify them and spoil any chances of winning government, as they have done in the past. Clive Palmer, (who still owes plenty of money to businesses he didn’t pay from the last election) is only in it to get approval for what would be the largest coal mine in the southern hemisphere, Alpha North (next to Adani’s Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin). He will preference the LNP to that end and use the “freedom movement” members to achieve that flow of preferences.
      So I don’t think it’s that Australian’s don’t like things shaken up. If the people knew of all the lying and corruption of the LNP and the billions of dollars of rorting from the Australian people, they would have been calling for their heads. Instead we had the MSM running a relentless campaign against Labor, the Greens and independents and undermining democracy. Those journalists and their masters are the problem and we need an urgent Royal Commission into the media so this can never happen again. Hopefully the only time we will have to hear Morrison and his mates speak again is on front of a federal ICAC. I’d also love to see a hung parliament but that doesn’t look likely. We just need a little sunshine and hope after three terrible years.

      • Thanks for reminding me about the child abuse Royal Commission – very important. Who before her had the courage to take on the churches?

        I agree, Australians would be much more likely to shake things up if they didn’t have a daily overdose of conservative media propaganda, but we’re still a largely complacent conservative population and have been since the Menzies era. Hopefully changing!

        We need Royal Commissions into the media, Robodebt and the pandemic response. Hopefully now we will get them.

  2. Yeah labour has done a lot of good for the common people . More looking ahead forward to the future, not looking back like the coalition . Education , Health, Wages, Housing, Compassion. They’re a much fairer gov than the coalition. . Except on coal, oil, gas. Big mining wiping out country and paying no tax. Clearing old forest . No plantations . Will they really fix climate change or is it all talk , no action. The Greens will give their preferences to labour and vote with them in parliament so a vote for the greens is a vote for labour. Only the greens will make sure Labour sticks to their word. Keep the bastards honest, tax the billionaires and help the working man/ woman and their children and parents .


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