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Two cheers for Labor

July 29th, 2008

The euphoric honeymoon period for the Rudd government may be behind us, but we still get regular reminders that we made the right choice as a nation last November. Today’s news includes two such reminders
* The end of the brutal policy of mandatory detention, introduced by the Hawke-Keating government and hardened repeatedly by the Howard government (notable participants who deserve continued obloquy include Philip Ruddock, Peter Reith and Amanda Vanstone)
* The intervention by Peter Garrett to protect remaining cassowary habitat near Mission Beach

The Opposition’s response on mandatory detention, as on almost every issue that has come up for debate since the election, is a reminder that they need a long spell out of government. On current performances, I’d say that they won’t be a credible alternative until everyone who held office under Howard has left the political scene.

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  1. Ian Gould
    August 11th, 2008 at 19:42 | #1

    ChrisL, the sort of self-pitying pasranoia contained in statements such as

    ” We have some moral obligation to take more immigrants because…we killed the aborigines..or something. Bollocks.”

    “I will refrain from wasting my breath about Tampa and what a terrible country we are to detain people. “is usually a characteristic of the political right.

    As is the mindless uncritical belief that market forces are the solution to all public policy issues.

    And the belief that migrants are a net drain on society.

    If you aren’t on the political right, you’re doign an excellent imitation.

  2. Chris Lloyd
    August 17th, 2008 at 22:25 | #2

    �We have some moral obligation to take more immigrants because…we killed the aborigines..or something. Bollocks.� This is certainly the attitude of some rusted on leftists who believe in immigration for its own sake. I presume that you agree that the statement preceding bollocks is bollocks. Mine as not a right wing statement, though you could argue that it is a straw man.

    “I will refrain from wasting my breath about Tampa…� and I did refrain.

    “…mindless uncritical belief that market forces are the solution to all public policy issues.� Not all public policy. I am against most PPP’s or at least the PPPs that our governments have managed to negotiate for us. I am not even that keen on privatising electricity.

    “…and the belief that migrants are a net drain on society.� Nowhere can you find that assertion., though you are happy to assert the contrary. I am pointing to a way of improving the outcome from the present, regardless of whether we presently enjoy a net gain.

    It is simply not true that being sceptical about the benefits of immigration and wanting to get a better deal is right wing. High migration rates are actually supported by bug business and the libertarian right. Traditional blue collar ALP voters are not nearly as enthusiastic. You seem really keen to categorise people as right or left. Thinking people sometimes surprise you by their combination of belief. By way of contrast, nothing you have ever said on this blog has surprised me.

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