Labour groups: Albanese “the enemy” of workers

A series of organisations with a tradition of supporting Australian workers have labeled the dramatically shrunken Albanese Labor opposition “the enemy“:

The nation’s peak organisation on affordability and secure housing for Australians on low incomes has accused federal Labor of rejoining a “list of enemies” against increasing home-ownership in favour of benefiting wealthy landlords.

National Shelter, which campaigns to improve housing access for low-income earners, has joined with several social groups to savage the federal opposition’s decision for scrapping key tax policies as it seeks to slimline its policy platform ahead of the next election.

…“It took 15 years of campaigning by many to get the ALP to find a spine on CGT and negative gearing and commit to helping reduce house price inflation,” Mr Pisarski said. “This is a sad day for housing reform.”

Then there are the unions:

United Workers Union director Godfrey Moase voiced his concerns over Labor’s policy reversals on social media on Wednesday, warning that “running to Morrison’s right on fiscal austerity” would end “very badly”.

And the think tanks:

Emma Dawson, the chief executive of progressive think-tank Per Capita, announced she was withdrawing her name from preselection on Tuesday night for “personal and professional reasons”. While Labor said her announcement was not linked to the policy reversal she was highly critical of Mr Albanese’s decision to end its long-held opposition to the Morrison government’s stage three tax cuts for high-income earners.

And the welfare groups:

Australian Council of Social Service chief executive Cassandra Goldie said it was “unbelievable” that in the middle of a third round of lockdowns, with more than a million people on social security payments excluded from disaster payments, Labor had paused to discuss whether high-income earners should get a tax cut of $180 a week.

And the pensioners:

Labor went to the 2019 poll with a $2.3 billion package to tackle out-of-pocket costs and waiting lists for cancer patients. It included $600 million to improve access to and affordability of diagnostic imaging, with up to six million free cancer scans funded through Medicare and $433m to fund three million free consultations with oncologists and surgeons for cancer patients.

In the final weeks of the election campaign Labor followed up with a $2.4 billion plan that would have given up to three million older Australians access to free essential dental care, covered by Medicare, every two years.

An Albanese Government will also restore mass immigration as soon as possible to kill off wages and push house prices even higher. As well as lick China’s boots as it furiously attempt to restore the foreign student trade.

It is indeed “the enemy” of all Australian workers.

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    • Lord DudleyMEMBER

      You know what concerns me? From the point of view of the rest of the world, Australia is simply a big chunk of land that produces red dirt, black flammable rock, gas, various ores and metals, and some agricultural products. Glancing at the numbers, those things comprise around 60% or more of Australian exports.

      The biggest customer of Australian exports is China… it’s bigger than at least the next 6 largest customers combined.

      From the rest of the world’s perspective, Australia is a chunk of land that basically exports natural resources that simply exist there, or does a very minor value-add (e.g. farming). So what does that make most Australians worth? The answer is ‘nothing’. You’re largely a group of useless eaters who are importing a huge amount of stuff, and not producing anything much of note.

      Countries where the population (aka human capital) isn’t worth anything don’t tend to do well over the long term. You could diversify, but you’ve spent the last 20 – 30 years deliberately destroying any sector that could do that.

      You’re in serious trouble.

        • Lord DudleyMEMBER

          First thing to do is tax resources properly. We saw how that went with krudd. Second thing to do is take steps to avoid Dutch disease, by fire-walling the resource money from the rest of the economy. Third thing to do is have industry policy to ensure that there are more sectors than mining, agriculture, and real estate. Fourth thing to do is diversify away from China.

          • I feel like your rants are wasted and that you need to bark up a different tree because the majority on MB agree with all the points mentioned. Carrying on with proclamations of doom and gloom to an already informed audience doesn’t progress the agenda. Majority on here also agree that Libs/Lab are crap so that doesn’t help.

            Its no different to me yelling at democratic gun law reform advocates in the US that “you need to change gun laws”. Yeah, we know.

          • Mic SmithMEMBER

            Very good Dud. I think your idea of diversifying away from China is the penultimate. The problem with trying to build up industries other than mining and agriculture is we are a small population and do not and never will have, the scale to survive in a globalized world. One area where we could compete and do better is medical research and hospital excellence (an “exportable” service). Our universities are pumping out some very good scientists that could be better employed.

  1. Prefer to give “the enemy of the workers” a go for one term than the current mob. Hung parliament with balance of power in the hands of some sensible independents would be the best scenario given the situation.

    • Bingo. Labour in govt will make LNP electable next time. There’s always a next time guys, play the long game.
      Even all the anti-Trumpers need to admit,the world didn’t end coz Trump was won’t end with a one term labour.

  2. C'est de la folieMEMBER

    The announcements from the ALP is good insofar as it probably wipes out the marginal onclination to vote ALP ‘because they are progressive’

  3. You’d love to know the thought process in supporting the Stage 3 cuts. It’s obviously a political decision but you wonder how they thought it would play out if they went to the election opposing it – especially with a weakened LNP and a brittle Budget.

    • The political calculus is easy, and from that all else follows.

      A big tax cut is quite appealing the centre middle/undecided…

      How many in the middle are the rusted on left like Per Capita, unions (not really left but you get my point), ACOSS, etc. Not many.

      They can deal with the budget if they win…

      That particular wedge is gone and they can focus – I hope, hard – on ICAC/accountability, climate etc

      • Absolute BeachMEMBER

        Agreed Swampy. They are just doing small target politics. I’m not sure if it will do more harm than good however- makes the ALP look like they lack courage. Right now plenty of middle Australia wants a leadership team that has guts and no focus groups..

        • I think Labor might be happy to lose ideological votes to the Greens, and then get into government on preferences…and then, as Swampy points out (and I have recently, too), they will push through Federal ICAC, renewables infrastructure revolution, etc.

      • I guess my thought is that it isn’t a tax cut for the centre – it is very much a top 5% tax cut – and that 5% have done quite well during Covid. Or at least, that should be the easy way to argue against it.

        • True enough, depending on where you sit.

          I don’t disagree it’s weighted high, but don’t forget there are a lot of aspirationals who think like lower taxes, there are a lot of people in that band (citation required on number of taxpayers this affects, which derisks their vote) and plenty of people will miss this context and buy into any LNP “higher taxes!!” for tax cuts not yet “live”.

          So whilst I agree with your point, I still think this decision makes complete sense optically.

          Probably why I am not a policy advisor eh? Ho ho ho

      • drsmithyMEMBER

        It’s hard to see how it’s supposed to work.

        They won’t shift any right-wing voters – even ignoring that most are completely rusted-on, why would they switch from the real thing to the diet version ?

        But on the left, well… stepping back from really fundamental principles like progressive taxation is go to shift a lot of swinging voters elsewhere.

        This is the problem Labor has had for 20+ years now – they keep following the Liberals rightwards to try and attract voters who simply will never vote for them, but in the process abandoning what should be their base.

  4. Mic SmithMEMBER

    Albanese is looking again like a complete fiscal clutz – another Whitlam even.
    The only way out for Labor will be to sell us out to China – which he will do. It will be dressed up as investment and jobs.
    God help us all if Albanese gets in.

  5. NelsonMuntzMEMBER

    The Empty Chair™ doesn’t stand a chance of getting elected, and I suspect is already being lined up to be replaced, hence Shorten doing the media rounds. The opposition has the gift of an incompetent and morally corrupt federal gov and their response is nothing.

    • Labor aren’t their own main problem, aside from their excessive pre-occupation with identity politics – the main problem is the selfish stoicism of the populace.

      • Jumping jack flash

        Agree with both.

        The people are selfish due to the isolating effect that repaying a mountain of debt you’re on the hook for will have.

        Labor are certainly presented with a raft of opportunities to stick LNP to the wall, and that’s just with the whole COVID issue, but curiously they aren’t taking them. Is it simply ineptitude, or something else?

        If Rudd can walk in there and get stuff happening for Australia then why can’t Labor in general? Speaks volumes about the quality of our so-called leaders, and Rudd was nothing special when he was in the hotseat.

  6. If they get into power I’ll be toss my passport and jump on a refugee boat, then I’ll be welcomed with open arms way better then being an Aus overseas waiting for a process to be accepted back into my own country…

  7. kierans777MEMBER

    I wonder how Mr Pisarski feels about the fact Labor took these policies to two elections and lost, including the unloseable. I wonder how Mr Pisarski feels about the media bias that so distorted the debate on these topics that you have young tradies voting Liberal for the first time because they believed Labor would take away their franking credits.

    We need to address the media landscape that got the Liberals back in in 2019. We need the ALP to get in, and get an ICAC and truth in media laws passed ASAP. We can’t progress on climate, housing, or anything else until we break the Liberal propaganda machine.

  8. Albo seems to be leaving the opposition role to the ALP State Premiers at the moment. Maybe it isn’t the worst strategy in the current environment.

  9. I’m not sure that all is what is seems. I still think Labor is, at least mostly, Labor – they’ve just been getting by all the oldy and Mum-and-Dad rentiers, none of whom want to identify as workers anymore, and keep telling Labor to get their hands off their unearned perks…

    I’m not sure Labor can be Labor and win – the toxic stoicism in this country is too widespread.

    I can’t help but think they are trying to be ‘the better LNP’, then get into government, then smash through reforms under ‘mandate of the election’, which is the garbage the LNP keep telling us.

    I think we need to let Labor not be Labor now, so they can be Labor later…


  10. But but but Labor. Obviously National Shelter, United Workers Union, Per Capita, Australian Council of Social Service and pensioners are right wing.