Does Labor have any chance of rekindling the “light on the hill” that once so captured voters? If it does then it’ll take something more bold than seizing the “sensible centre”, write Crikey readers. Responding to Kishor Napier-Raman on whether shadow treasurer Jim Chalmer’s call for a centre push will lead anywhere, readers questioned whether the party is too far to the right already.
Ben Marshall writes: Could you kindly explain how a largely centre-right Labor Party be regarded as on the way to a “far more centrist” position when they’re actually moving even further to the neoliberal right?
Roger Clifton writes: Heroic policies on climate change are precisely where Labor should be standing out, offering leadership to concerned laymen of both sides. Instead, it is a vacuum of policy where Labor has been unshakably absent. Yet it is a growing responsibility to lead, as the young reach voting age and the headlines condemn the inaction of their elders. Labor failed to point to the looming disasters ahead.
Malcolm Burr writes: What would Ben Chifley make of the Labor party today? At first glance it would be disappointment at the sad state it finds itself in today. Why oh why, he would think, have they drifted so far from Labor’s core beliefs? Where has government ownership or control of essential elements of our society gone, and look what has replaced it?
Frank Dee writes: Labor’s continuing colonoscopy over the election has gone on so long and so deeply that the optic fibre is now surveying the nasal hairs and pondering a boutique pruning. Do not bend before News Corp; do not appease The Australian. Time is on your side. Have some guts, have some vision.
Ian Harvey writes: Is my eyesight deceiving me, I thought the “light on the hill” was extinguished? Chifley’s flame started flickering after Whitlam was deposed and when Hawke and Keating got their hands on our “treasure chest”, starting the neoliberal rot that continues today. I am sorry but the horse has well and truly bolted, in that our commonwealth has been trashed and it wont be long before we will fighting over the leftovers.