May 16, 2014

Labor’s legacy under Abbott’s axe: what will survive?

The Abbott government wants to hack down much of Labor's legacy. We investigate which Labor reforms are likely to survive, and who history may come to judge as the better PM out of Rudd and Gillard.

Cathy Alexander — Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Cathy Alexander

Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Labor may end up with a slim legacy from its six years in power under Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. And contrary to what some pundits claim, Rudd will likely leave a larger policy footprint than Gillard.

Crikey has looked at 27 key Labor reforms and initiatives from 2007 to 2013 — the measures of which the ALP is proudest — and examined whether they are likely to survive the Abbott government.

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13 thoughts on “Labor’s legacy under Abbott’s axe: what will survive?

  1. Electric Lardyland

    Maybe the table needs an extra column: On Unity Ticket Before Election.

  2. ilolatu

    And the economy will continue to suffer from Pokie machine losers.

  3. pertina1

    You’re to kind Cathy, the NBN is gone – death by a thousand cuts! Mini-plutocrat Turnbull has quietly gutted an investment in genuine 21st century infrastructure(as opposed to Abbotts roads and more roads – how quaintly 2oC)with barely a whimper from Labor. Low speed patchwork that will remain (NBN-lite?) will be privatised, with Turnbull’s corporate cronies cherry-picking the profitable bits and the rest of us stuck back in the tech stone age. Another victory for the down under tea party wannabees!

  4. AR

    pertina1 – ouch, too pertinent.

  5. CML

    pertina1 – Right on!

    Cathy – I am not so sure that the NDIS should all be in Gillard’s column. Seem to remember that Shorten did an enormous amount of work on disability when he was a minister in the first Rudd government. Also think it was originally Rudd’s idea?

  6. Paddy Forsayeth

    Cathy, would you and other journalists make a distinction between a mining tax, the Labor super profits mining tax and various mining royalties. The idea that mining would pay no tax at all is silly. Mining companies, as all companies pay a tax; the one Abbott et al. refer to, I assume is the super profits tax.

  7. Dipaha

    The NDIS was a policy pegged to Medibank [1973]forty years ago. That would an NDIS slotted under the name of Gough Whitlam.
    It took forty years until a younger and more sophisticated generation of parents looked at the lives expected of the primary carers of those born with a profound disability and who alone were shouldering all of the load on behalf of a society who “loves” to makes the claim that they are fair and decent… and yet never bothered to shoulder any of the burden.
    These younger parents will simply refuse to accept the current terms and conditions assumed by the previous generations of primary carers.
    And anyone who imagines they can put off, or under fund opportunities for early interventions or the education or skills learning of their bubs…. needs to re-think. These purposely skipped the media and the pundits and the public…. and went straight to the Government. And they will continue to do so…. waiting on the public… is a losers game.

  8. CML

    You may well be correct, Dipaha, but the modern version of the NDIS began under the first Rudd government.
    Don’t remember hearing anything about it at all during the Howard years. And, as you say, if the rAbbott thought he could get away with it, you wouldn’t hear anything more about it, until Labor returned to the government benches!

  9. ZA

    PCEHR = Under threat (not gone though, but we will see next year….)

  10. Gavin Moodie

    The demand driven system for baccalaureates in public universities was introduced by Gillard as education minister while Rudd was prime minister. It will last and the Coalition will manage at least to extend it.

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