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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
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Save Medicare

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Refugees: Are the Liberals on a winner?

According to today’s Newspoll, the rabble that passes for an Opposition is now neck and neck with the Labor Government. In the last 2 weeks Labor’s support has dropped 7 percent and the Liberals and Nationals has increased 7 percent.

The huge turnaround is possibly because some people see Labor’s ‘humane’ refugee racism as too soft. They want a return to Howard’s tougher refugee racism.

I say possibly because it may be that this result is an outlier. On the other hand the trend seems pretty clear – the 7 percent switch is made up of those under 50 moving from Labor to the Opposition. They wouldn’t be going to the Liberals if they thought Labor’s policies were too harsh, would they?

Or maybe it’s because they are annoyed about rising interest rates, the supposed impact of the stimulus package on those rates, reduced working hours and less employment opportunities.. . Who knows?  Let’s see what happens over the next few months.

In the meantime let me offer some thoughts on Labor in power, prompted by the seeming collapse in support for the Rudd project – keynesian neoliberalism served on a bed of ‘humane racism’.

Apparently these swing voters will vote for an Opposition that will take a meat axe to their jobs, that believes climate change is a crock, that will cut wages, that will underfund health and eduction. 

In other words the Opposition will do what Labor is doing only it will be ‘tougher’. 

Labor should have led the refugee debate, not followed it.

That’s one of the personality problems with Rudd – he stands for all things and believes in none.

This Government is trapped in me-tooism.

So although it is in Government Labor agrees with the conservatives on a range of issues – Afghanistan, Iraq, budget settings (with some slight differences), the Northern Territory invasion, health and education spending, gay marriage, Palestine, the US Alliance, Workchoices Lite and now refugees.

Rudd continues Howard’s policies.

The time has come for the real left to reclaim the debate – to agitate in our unions and on the streets for the implementation of a range of policies on the environment, industrial relations, wages, refugees and the like that distinguish us from the conservatives, not marry us to them. 

That means campaigning against me-too Labor and the HowRudd Government.