Australian Labor, after Recent Defeat, Wondering if Identity Politics Might Not Be the Way to Go

Australian Labor, after Recent Defeat, Wondering if Identity Politics Might Not Be the Way to Go. By Greg Brown.

Labor frontbencher Joel Fitz­gibbon says the party is losing the support of the blue-collar workers it was “born to represent”, as the ALP’s standing among men languishes at its lowest level since the final months of Julia Gillard’s prime ministership.

The Hunter MP said it was essential Labor reframed its policies and messaging to recapture its traditional industrial base after a Newspoll analysis showed just 32 per cent of men supported Labor compared with 45 per cent who backed the Coalition. Support for Labor among men has sunk by eight percentage points since the beginning of the year. …

Labor senator Kim Carr said the party needed to junk identity politics if it wanted to win back blue-collar workers.

“There remains a problem for Labor with blue-collar families,” Senator Carr said. “The assumption that tertiary-educated people are going to vote Labor will compensate for the loss of support in other demographics needs to be viewed with considerable caution.’’ …

Women favoured the ­Coalition by 38 per cent to 35 per cent in the Newspoll analysis.

Former Labor leader Mark Latham, who is now a NSW One Nation MP, blamed the party’s drop in standing among men on the “sneering patronising views on gender equity”. “They speak a language and focus on issues foreign to many Australian men,” he said.

They won’t do it, because the virtue signaling lefties are in control. But at least some in Labor recognize that they need to turn down the discrimination, prejudice and vitriol.