I think most would be pretty aware of my opinion of the current Labor government, but I am sure most would be a little surprised that I was a big fan of Bob Hawke and a number of his nation building policies.

The Hawke Government heralded in influential policies such as reorganising the Labor Part into the two separate tiers of Caucus and Cabinet, arranging for the Accord where Unions agreed to restrict wage demands and the government pledged to minimise inflation, floating of the Australian Dollar and the deregulation of the financial system

The fact that old Bob is still extremely popular with the vast majority of Australians is a testament to his government’s ability to govern for all Australians and in the wider national interest.

What we have experienced for the past seven years since Labor retook office is the exact opposite of that very successful Labor government.  The problem being that both the Rudd and Gillard governments have blamed, almost exclusively, every policy failure at the feet of someone else.

There is no self awareness and definitely no governing in the whole nations interests, instead there is obvious pandering to select interest groups and vilifying anyone that dare criticise their motives or the consequences of their ideas.

downloadAfter last weeks bloodletting, where several key Labor figures resigned their posts, eminent figures from the Left have started to join the chorus of doubters from the Right.

The latest is Bill Kelty, who along with Bob Hawke was instrumental in achieving the successes that the Hawke Government. Kelty succeeded Hawke as President of the ACTU until 2000, which incidentally is arguably the same time that modern Labor started its decent into progressive posturing and pandering to Far Left interests.

In his article in The Age today, Kelty pulls no punches as he explains the three basic tenets of politics as he sees them

Politics can be made more difficult than it really is. There are three essential tenets.

First, take responsibility;

Second, reject the ideas that distract, divide and discount the nation;

And third, argue to the last breath for the ideas and ideals that make the nation a better place.

Honesty will, nearly always, win over duplicity.

As we have all experienced in the past seven years, Labor has thrashed every single one of those core tenets with its constant stream of prevarication, obfuscation and mendacity.

Kelty goes on to explain quite clearly why Labor is doomed in September.

Once responsibility is accepted, the ALP must reject the ideas and processes that have no home in the party. A Labor Party that

  • cultivates division, or
  • taxes superannuation retrospectively, or
  • cannot justify deficits, or
  • makes regional tours presidential visitations, or
  • reinvents class warfare, or
  • steals the rhetoric of Pauline Hanson on migrants, or
  • embraces the Pacific refugee solution of John Howard, or
  • attacks single mothers and
  • narrows its base to a mythical group of blue-collar workers,

cannot win an election.

The old hand from yesteryear also sagely advises us about what we should all be really looking at and fighting for; principles not personality

Politics is ultimately a choice between parties. The points of difference based on personality are peripheral and the real differences need to be based on principles.

Ah, if we only had some wise old heads like Bill Kelty, who have been there before and done it successfully in the past, still hold influence in the New Labor of Julia Gillard.

Unfortunately for Australia, it is obvious that duplicity is preferred over honesty in the Australia Labor Party of 2013.


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