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Posted by John, August 23rd, 2012 - under ALP, Australian Labor Party, Bourgeoisie, Class collaboration, Class struggle, Class war, Classes, Ruling class, Strikes, Struggles, Tony Abbott.
Abbott’s instability, his thought bubble approach to policy, his climate denialist base within the extreme right of the Liberal Party and the looming economic crisis in Australia all make for a possible tumultuous period of rule for the current leader of the Opposition and his by and large unremarkable front bench if they win, as they will, the next election.
The key will be class struggle. How much longer can Australian workers not fight?
Tom O’Lincoln has just republished his wonderful book Years of Rage: Social Conflict in the Fraser Era. This is a Monet of a book in which the daub of detail creates a canvas of class conflict, stretching from Kerr’s coup through the 7 years of the Fraser Governments to the election of the Hawke Labor Government in 1983.
The way to fight Abbott is to strike against Gillard Labor and its rotten anti-working class policies.
If Labor wants 8000 new members it could reject neoliberalism. It could tax big business and the rich. It could pay public servants, teachers, nurses and community workers much more. It could abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission. It could process refugees on shore, legislate for gay marriage, give self-determination to aborigines and pay the rent, end the invasion of the Northern Territory… It could, it could, it could…
It won’t. It can’t address its open embrace of the market for the last 30 years. The key to that has been the class collaboration of the trade union leadership. The consequence is a party trapped in ongoing decline. We are witnessing the final death rattles of Labor as the party of social democracy in Australia. Who better to lead it than a woman with no social democratic vision?