UNIMPRESSIVE: Labor leader Bill Shorten has done little to enthuse the party’s dwindling membership base.

Labor missing the big picture

A truly strange, but rarely elaborated upon, feature of Australian politics is the recurring issue of reform of the Labor Party.


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The shortsighted Labor policies as seen during the Rudd Gillard Rudd period in office are a reflection of their background; “money for nothing and the cheques are free”. Sure during their studies they had to work for what they got but at no time did they create wealth, they only ever consumed wealth and lived on the wealth created by others; it was always there without the need to consider the source. Once in Government, they confirmed the culture imbued into them from their background; life is simple, pay the workers more, give them more say in how the other people [their employer] should spend their money and tax the wealthy even more, "they don’t need the money". This cultural attitude continues within the party and most assuredly in Bill Shorten. Perhaps it is our biased education system but for some illogical reason, they fail to realize that the fine and generous principles exposed by the labor policies have to be paid for. For that payment, wealth must be generated; that wealth comes from investment and that investment creates jobs. A sad truth is that only the wealthy can afford principles. With the hangover of RGR governments, and the yet to fully evolve RGR created problems, Australia will be 8 months before we see a stumbling recovery but more like 2 years before we return to what could be considered, pre mining investment boom normality.

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