Last May when Labor endeavoured to boast what they stood for, the following email was circulated en masse:
Some time ago I wrote to you asking you to complete a survey so I could see what you believed was Labor’s direction for the future.
Today our party – the oldest organised labour party in the world – is undergoing a process of grassroots reform and revitalisation. That’s why this was such a tremendous opportunity to hear from you.
I wanted to make sure all of you got a chance to see the results of this survey and what our community’s vision for the future of Labor was. Read our report and take your chance to share my favourite part of this job – listening to people about the things that matter most.
Thanks for your support,
For whatever reason, I didn’t complete the survey. Nonetheless, I was interested to read the report.
Sadly, it told me little, but I was extremely disappointed with the summary. Here is a part of it:
The policy areas of importance to supporters, namely healthcare, climate change, the NBN & schools funding, were policy areas already championed by the Party.
So why was I disappointed? I was disappointed because Labor’s vision for the future doesn’t include on-shore processing of asylum seekers.
Now people have a chance to right that wrong, with an invitation to engage with Bill Shorten, who sent the following email:
The only thing standing in the way of Tony Abbott winning another term in 2016 is our ability to stand together.
We were built by the grassroots, for the benefit of the people. And that’s how we’ll win.
Brought together by the belief we can build a better, fairer country, we all share a common passion. I want to hear your ideas about how we can rebuild Labor for the better.
Join me in a video call next Tuesday 23 September to chat about how we need to rebuild and win.
I am honoured to lead Labor; but I recognise it is a privilege built on the hard work and passion of thousands of like-minded Australians who stand shoulder to shoulder with you.
We can only stop Tony Abbott if we all stand together, focused on what unites us — that’s why I want to hear from you about how we do that.
I’ll be taking your questions live on Twitter with your host ACT Senator Kate Lundy. Click here to RSVP and find out more.
Like me, you must find it hard to watch what Tony Abbott’s Government is doing to our country. But the damage will only continue — and get worse — if he wins again in 2016.
Rebuilding Labor begins with you and me; let’s talk about it next Tuesday.
Thanks for standing with me on this,
Never have I read such limp, superficial fluff.
He’s saying one thing yet doing the other.
But if he wants my opinion I can think of a couple of things to add to their disgraceful asylum seeker policy. For starters, Bill Shorten’s response to a federal ICAC:
“I think we’ve all been shocked at the revelations that have come out in NSW ICAC,” he has said. “I don’t believe the same case has yet existed to demonstrate these problems are prevalent in the national political debate in Australia.”
I find that gutless and pathetic. The NSW ICAC has seen Liberal Party politicians dropping like flies and whilst it doesn’t suggest that there is corruption in the federal ranks, Bill must surely be aware that there are tens of thousands of voters out there with eyebrows raised. It’s a question they’d like answered. And it seriously needs to be answered.
I’m also disappointed at the bipartisan support Bill Shorten has given Tony Abbott in involving us in another war. John Kelly expressed it succinctly (and better than I could) when he wrote:
How simple-minded this government is. How pathetic is the Labor opposition that so meekly falls into line as if there was no other position it could take.
I’ll be telling Bill Shorten what I think. It’s a chance for all of us to do the same. He wrote “We can only stop Tony Abbott if we all stand together”. Lately I’m beginning to feel that it’s Tony Abbott he’s standing with . . . not the rest of us.