Aug 29, 2014

Rundle: Ricky Muir, a closet lefty unionist in revhead clothing

Tony Abbott hoped he'd be able to beguile the oddball crossbenchers in the Senate, but revelations about Ricky Muir's unionist past could prove a sticking point.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


When the dust settled after the election last year and it became clear that the Senate had turned out to be, well, interesting, there was a widespread belief that it was a triumph for the Right and a disaster for the Left. The Greens had lost balance of power to a motley crew of micro- and pseudo-parties, most of which appeared to be from the oddball side of the Right. The new government cackled silently as a coal baron’s pet party, together with a libertarian and a “Family First” former Liberal, took the balance of power.

That hasn’t quite worked out as they planned — the Palmer party has positioned itself well to the Left of the spectrum on social services, David Leyonhjelm introduced a same-sex marriage bill, and everyone rejected the GP co-pay in its current form.

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10 thoughts on “Rundle: Ricky Muir, a closet lefty unionist in revhead clothing

  1. Liamj

    Ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha ha…
    Tip for LNP strategists – believing News Corpse propaganda should be left to the mugs who vote for you. You need to do some actual homework & thinking all on your own, because the Sun Kings churnalists don’t, and he wouldn’t allow it into print if they did.

  2. Mark Duffett

    “one of the few high-tech industries that Australia has a huge comparative advantage in, in areas like solar power” is a strange statement. Australia certainly has an advantage compared to others in using solar power, but there’s nothing high-tech about installing it. All the ‘high tech’ currently involved in solar is mainly in the manufacturing, which is done in China and, decreasingly, Germany, irrespective of the Australian market.

  3. MJPC

    Guy, you have made my weekend. Poor old Cap’n Abbott he can’t take a trick but we are off to another undeclared war now, so that will fill the papers for another few weeks and give him a few votes till it goes to cr*p.

  4. Jeff Richards

    Ha Ha. I hope he puts a boot into the good for nothing Abbott government,

  5. Russell

    So who was it who were so quick to demonise Ricky, David Leyonhjelm and the PUPs as being “right wing” anyway? Not the Guy’s beloved inner city Greens and the left, surely!

    It’s just class prejudice and elitist conceit that labels everyone and everything the working class actually vote for as “right wing.” It’s lazy and ignorant.

    Most workers couldn’t give a toss about the issues which now excite Guy’s version of the left so much like gay marriage. But will be ironical that a “right winger” gets the one thing they so dearly want through parliament… (is it the only thing?)

  6. JennyWren

    If you think about it russell, your very statement 20 years ago would’ve been risable. Working class voting right wing? Unthinkable!

  7. Ian

    If some of the working class do vote for the LNP I would suggest that much of the reason would be that Labor and union leaders have let them done repeatedly in the past.

  8. RobS

    You made a good point Russell. Most lefties wouldn’t have expected a motoring enthusiast to be interested in the RET and many wouldn’t have taken the time to read his resume, even if it was publicised.
    But then you accused “the left” of labelling “everyone and everything” and you did the same with your comment about Gay marriage and your snipe at “inner city Greens” like they are all the same.
    “Lazy and ignorant” were your words..
    There’s an examination of “class” in The Monthly by Tsolkas you might find worth a look if you’re interested in the relationship between class and conservatism and “the Left”..

  9. Ian

    Russell, There were dozens of parties standing for the senate in WA. Most had names that indicated some single issue goal, for instance the “Sports and Recreation Party”. The only way to get a handle on what these people’s real political stance was, was to see where they placed their preferences. In most cases the Libs were placed ahead of Labor and Labor ahead of the Greens.

    Obviously in the circumstances it would be logical to assume that these parties were right wing inclined.

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