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March 3, 2006

As John Howard celebrates ten years of political success with his courtiers the ALP reflects on the effects of ten years in opposition:

Bill Leak

Some within federal Labor also ponder on the future prospects of their great party:

Geoff Pryor

The question being asked is: is Labor going anywhere?

A comment by Paul Kelly in The Australian reflecting on John Howard's achievements:

Howard has been lucky to govern during an era of historic weakness in the Australian Left. Yet he has a keen grasp of this weakness and exploits its two main flaws - namely, that the Left's social and economic solutions no longer work and that its hijack by middle-class progressives has alienated the Left from a majority of the Australian community.

It rolls off so easily doesn't it: the ALP is captured by the inner city social liberal professional class--the New Class with its ideology of social control. What ever happened to all that history of the neo-liberal micro-economic reforms under Hawke and Keating?

The reality is that the ALP is currrently run by the machine men of the authoritarian National Right who don't care much about social justice, equality, democracy or living an ethical life rightly. Compassion is a campaign slogan not a way of life for them. It's the ever expanding control by the Right faction that all the current body punches in the Victorian pre-selection are about.

Presumably, the divisions in the federal Labor Party will continue to widen.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:23 PM | | Comments (2)


I think your being way to kind to the ALP Gary.

Its amazing how many of the ALP leadership seem to be there because their father's were ie Beazley, Crean and (I suspect) McClelland.

Their only hope is that Turnbull tires of being behind Abbott and Costello, changes sides and leads a VERY reshaped Labor Party to victory.


I would like to see the ALP lift their game and get their act together.

We do need an effective oppostion to hold the Howard Government accountable, and it saddens me to see the federal ALP impoverished with respect to a strategy to beat John Howard.

I do not think that the Commonwealth Games, which start on March 15, will wipe away the memory of the factional brawl in Victoria, as some on the Right claim. The details of the pre-selections struggles will go for sure, not the memory of the poisonous factional political games based on factional horse trading.

Shorten should be welcomed.and the non-performing ALP members should go. But, as the others are union powerbrokers, so the gene pool fo renewal remains narrow. So we have an increasing concentration of those factional warriors who place factional interests ahead of the public interest, have little interest in policy or ideas and are deeply anti-intellectual.