Aug 14, 2012

Can Labor win? Yes it can

As Labor begins the process of defusing carbon tax and asylum seeker policy as election issues, Tony Abbott's task will become increasingly painful. Does Labor improve from here?

Alan Kohler

Business Spectator editor-in-chief

The Labor Party’s chances of pulling off a come-from-behind win at next year’s election took a big step forward yesterday with two expert panel reports, both of which would have been in line with the old dictum of “never have an inquiry unless you know the answer first”.

One deals with the problem of mobile capital, the other deals with the problem of mobile people. Both were hurting Labor, and both have been neutralised.

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131 thoughts on “Can Labor win? Yes it can

  1. IC-1101

    Is this a joke…?

    “Opposition leader Tony Abbott would have read yesterday’s Houston Report with a sinking feeling: it means “Stop The Boats” will now not be an election issue no matter how much he claims credit for it.”

    What a pathetic, grubby rhetoric. Crikey is losing me by the day. The attacks on Abbott and the Coalition are relentless, while you always find ways to praise and hype the ALP. For an outlet so passionately in favour of the media inquiry, you’d think there’d be a little more balance and fairness in your arguments.

  2. Suzanne Blake

    Crickey cannot continue to have a stiff upper lip and support this Gillard corr upt dishonest shambles.

    It must be absolutely toxic in Caucus. They will have Gillard clean out the garbage, take the fall and hope a ‘white knight’ can save them.

    Who will take the hospital pass. Crean is my tip

  3. John64

    “That’s because the compensation for trade-exposed firms is fixed for five years based on old industry averages; many are now emitting much less greenhouse gas and are ahead on the deal. They will squawk if Abbott repeals it.”

    Abbott’s probably banking on it. Let’s face it, companies making millions of dollars out of taxpayer subsidies that Abbott wants to revoke – won’t make Abbott look bad.

    “No one will remember that it was the Coalition’s policy that stopped the boats”

    People will remember, much like they’ll remember Gillard promising not to introduce the Carbon Tax. People will remember that it took Labor 5 years to finally re-instate the Pacific solution that they abolished in the first place. Here’s a public exercise you can try: Find a random stranger and say “Nauru”. Now see if they remember -> John Howard, Liberal Party.

    Thanks to Labor’s constant talking about it, it’s firmly fixed in people’s minds that Labor was against it. “It wouldn’t work” and every day it does, you’ll have Scott Morrison crowing about it.

    Plus we’ve already seen footage in the media of Gillard railing against Nauru back in 2003. Once again, it’s something that makes her look like a flake (which is how it was protrayed incidentally) – promise one thing, deliver the opposite.

    We now have a Government that introduced a Carbon Tax it didn’t want to (because of the Greens) and an Asylum Seeker policy it said wouldn’t work (because of the Liberals, sorry I mean “expert panel”)… They don’t appear to be in control.

  4. John64

    Oh and I forgot to add… Everyone in the Labor party will be pissed that Gillard’s about to re-instate one of the Liberal party’s key policies. Those on the left in Kevin’s camp who wanted to go softly-softly will hate it, and those on the right who just hate everything Liberal will hate it.

  5. Patriot

    Backflipping, Iying Gillard will never be forgiven by voters for her backflips and Iies. She is unelectable. It’s just that simple.

  6. Billy Blogs

    This is Crikey and our ABC at their very best. Alan Kohler is but another ALPBC cheer leader dearly hoping that a putrid govt can find a way to con another term out of us.
    Gillard’s rein is about to end. She’s going to be forever known as the single worst PM our country has ever seen…..yet around here and on the ABC you’d be forgiven for thinking she has saved us.

    Between her and Rudd they’ve cost us billions of dollars and hundreds of lives. The reason we have new GBNT is because they have zero ability with money. And what we’re seeing with the economic management is but the tip of the berg.

    Like former labor state’s, the reality takes a loooong time to reveal itself.

    There is nothing that Labor, the greens or the ABC can do to stop this mob being tossed out on their sorry arses.

  7. Sancho

    Tony who?

    Are we talking about the amateur triathlete who pops up occasionally to talk about virginity and try to get birth control outlawed?

    The Liberal Party seems keen to keep him out of the media, so he must be a liability.

  8. Gocomsys

    This is not a competition. It is not a game. It is not about winning or loosing. Simply a matter of reasonable progressive “achievable” policies versus regressive party political short sighted and purely power driven motives cheered on by the usual vested interests.
    My Crikey renewal is due shortly. These days I get better and more balanced information from other sources, like this one: (please copy and paste)


    It is always annoying to be constantly reminded by some brainless posters how misinformed and ignorant the general public has become.

  9. Suzanne Blake

    @ Billy Blogs

    Here Here.

    About time we got more sane people on Crickey, cause its 98% loony Greens and ALP rusted on right now.

  10. Mr Denmore

    You know the Libs are worried, because their paid trolls on forums like these are sounding increasingly histrionic. Goodnight Tony.

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