I received the following comments from Edward Eastwood about my blog ‘Julia Gillard now has clear Air’ and with Edward’s permission have copied them here.
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I agree Yosef. The deadwood that remained from the Hawke-Keating era has now gone and Rudd has finally been neutralised. What remains now is for the ALP to distance itself from the policies of ‘free market’ libertarianism and move toward policies that support a return to full employment rather than maintaining a pool of unemployed from which corporations can manipulate for their own ends (driving down wages, longer hours, downsizing, outsourcing etc…). It has been the adoption of these policies which has weakened Labor and forced them to play on the Coalition’s terms, which means that the voter has little choice between the two. The other thing which the party needs to do is formulate policies which address the environmental issues that threaten a continual escalation of global warming. That said, the Murdoch media will no doubt change their attack to focus on the coming budget and howl for blood while painting the Coalition as saviours rather than exploiters of the economy. What most of the rabid Coalition supporters who blog fail to remember is that there is still six months to the election, and as my dear old mum used to say; There’s many slip between the cup and the lip. The ALP may be able to save itself from defeat but they have to clearly define themselves and their policies and they need to do it soon.