By Noely Neate
March 25, 2013
Every man and his dog has given up Labor as a dead loss for the election in September. I am not so sure.
John Howard was pretty much in that position at one stage. and it was only the intervention of Tampa and Twin Towers Towers that saved his butt. The fact is that when people are scared they stay with the ‘devil they know’. Now, I don’t wish the likes of a Twin Towers to save the Labor Party, though a bit more focus on Tony Abbott’s policies may help level the playing field so that people could get past personalities to actually look at what each side will do for this country.
Having said that, I don’t hold out much hope for the ALP unless they can get back to grass roots. Basically we have a two horse race. There’s the Liberal/National coalition, which equals Money. Now everyone can relate to money, everyone has aspirations, so that is a no brainer for them to attract people. Labor has traditionally been Labor, equals unions.
For people like me – I am 45 in a few weeks – I understand that we owe the unions a lot. Without unions there would be no minimum wage and no safety requirements in the workplace and kids would be working working for two bucks an hour. Unfortunately, with so much small business now and the fact that the unions did such a bloody good job that the Government has taken over in some respects when it comes to fair pay and conditions, younger generations don’t ‘get’ or appreciate unions.
But they do see the news and unions scare them, Unions stopped them getting on that flight with Qantas to go to the mates 21st, Union ‘stuff’ meant they could not get that part-time job on the work site (that they were not qualified for but we won’t worry about that…). Unions have a bad rap.
Unfortunately for the unions they are not a large percentage of our population anymore. Also, like our politicians, too many union leaders are career managers, not actually from the site or factory floor, so it is even hard for old time blue collar workers to support them.
Worse, the Labor Party being so closely aligned with unions and the massive voting block they have that is not proportionate with the population actually makes the Liberals case for them. If you are not in an area that has a big union presence, like mine, unions mean nothing to you.
The funny thing is that Labor was not always like that. They had more members and more support, and it was not just because we had more blue collar jobs in this country. It was also because often the Labor party, just like the Lions or Rotary, were part of the community. Read the rest of this entry »