Driving home from the Upper Hunter by-election on Saturday night a gratingly familiar voice came onto the radio news bulletin, offering a perfect summary of where the Australian Labor party has got to.
Senator Kristina Keneally was complaining that Defence Minister Peter Dutton wasn’t doing enough to celebrate transgender and homosexuality in the Australian Defence Force.
In Upper Hunter, a seat with battalions of coal miners under siege from the climate change cult, Labor had just been blown away electorally.
One could walk the streets of Singleton, Muswellbrook and Dungog for years and not find a voter talking the language of Kristina Keneally.
Working people are petrified of losing their jobs, the 75,000 of them supported by the coal industry in the Hunter Valley.
When they look at the alternative employment plan of Labor’s Environmental Action Network (which Keneally founded) they don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
The showpiece projects are floating windmills off the coast of Newcastle, plus filling disused coal pits with water for ‘watersports tourism’.
These are the wackiest policy proposals since Idi Amin announced that Uganda was joining the space race.
In a strange voyeuristic twist, Labor has become more interested in the sexuality of Australian workers than their job security. …
How times have changed since the author led the Australian Labor Party:
When it comes to social values and issues, the ALP has also abandoned its working-class base.
It has joined the fashion by which inner-city elites sneer at suburban and regional communities, depicting them as racist and homophobic.
This left-wing snobbery has had to invent new words like ‘misogyny’ and ‘transphobia’ and a whole new alphabet – LGBTIQA – to express its disgust at Australian life. …
Working people see themselves as strong and purposeful.
Labor sees them as feeble and ill-informed, badly in need of ‘unconscious bias’ and ‘cultural sensitivity’ retraining to clear their brains of bigotry.
The ALP used to be a party of straight-talking representatives, communicating the observable truths of a better society.
Today it has dumbed itself down to the prissiness of an ABC staff seminar, where feelings are more important than facts and climate change posturing is more important than blue-collar jobs.
The inevitable result has been an Upper Hunter by-election swing to the Berejiklian Government and a Labor primary vote of 21 per cent.
Yep. And if ex-ALP-leader Mark Latham can see it, so can everyone else.