Friday, September 17, 2021

Fitzgibbon’s retirement won’t take heat from Labor


The decision for Hunter to be retired by Federal Member of Parliament Joel Fitzgibbon at the next election meant that the Australian Labor Party (ALP) would lose one of the very few MPs to have their hands on manual work for any extensive period. Dirty done. Fitzgibbon was an automotive electrician for 12 years, a real worker in the context of traditional labor.

When it is recalled that the Labor Party arose out of unions and was established to represent the interests of the working class, primarily manual workers, it is indeed ironic.

At the same time, unions, which were once a source of ALP support, are losing members. In 1992, 40 per cent of the Australian workforce was unionised. Now it is 14 per cent, which mostly includes government employees, teachers and health workers.

The only way to judge what a party stands for is through the policies it leads and what it actually does in office.

This shows that Labor is no longer a workers’ party. Rather, it is a party of the elite within the city. The issues it promulgates are those of the oligarchs, not the manual workers, as in fact many of the Liberal-National Coalition.

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Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese makes his closing remarks at the end of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) national convention at the Revesby Workers’ Club in Sydney, Australia on March 31, 2021. (image of you/Mick Tsikas)

This change in Labor drew a sharp reaction from the father of the former ALP leader and now Governor of Western Australia, Kim Beazley. Beasley Sr. famously said, “When I joined the Labor Party it had the cream of the working class; now it consists of the feces of the middle class.”

These days, it is in coal-mining voters like Hunter, north of Sydney, that the ALP struggles with its newfound allegiances. It was brought home to Fitzgibbon at the last election. Labour’s unqualified support of the Paris Agreement solution to the claimed effects of human-caused global warming, or as it is now described, climate change, has severely undermined his hold on a long-standing blue ribbon Labor seat. .

The coal mining industry is a particular target of global warming believers, a favorite among inner-city voters.

On this, recently visited Australia by UN Assistant Secretary-General Selwyn Hart, who called on rich countries by 2030 and the rest of the world to stop using coal by 2040. Hart also prompted Australia to shut down its coal mining industry. .

The truth is that the world is not going to stop using coal. If Australia shuts down its coal industry, our major customers, the People’s Republic of China and India, will get coal elsewhere.

But it will most likely not be of high quality Australian coal. Possible alternatives are lower quality, both polluting and producing more CO2.

Therefore, the only consequence of following UN directives would be to increase global warming.

Returning to Fitzgibbon, he has held his seat since 1996, when he succeeded his father. But in the last federal election, the housing of Labor’s policies to address global warming came home.

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Labor members of Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon walk through the press gallery at Parliament House on May 24, 2021 in Canberra, Australia. (You Image/Mick Tsikas)

Fitzgibbon, who represented Labor’s policy, suffered a 15 percent drop in his primary vote, which was more than the combined total of the competing National and One Nation party votes.

Only preferential voting saved them with a two-party preferred vote (after the preference votes were distributed), with the ALP receiving 52.98 percent, compared to 47.025 percent for the citizens. This was a 9.48 percent drop for the ALP from the last election in 2016.

The writing was on the wall.

Since that election, Fitzgibbons has campaigned tirelessly for Labor, not to deny climate change, but to take a more gentle approach to its solution.

In fact, he wanted Labor to do what politicians are often accused of doing, to walk on both sides of the road.

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At the very least, he wanted to ensure that Labor did not overtake the Coalition in taking action against global warming.

Fitzgibbon tried to present a degree of realism without driving the Labor elite into the arms of the far-right leaning Australian Greens party.

However, the fact remains that Hunter is a coal mining voter and Labor will have difficulty retaining the seat.

Labor is struggling to deal with the fact that it is no longer a workers’ party.

In fact, labor was instrumental in encouraging Australian manufacturing to take off. No one supported free trade more than Labor under former prime ministers Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke and Paul Keating.

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Coal operations at the Port of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia on November 18, 2015. (William West/AFP via Getty Images)

They did this in an academically pure manner, unilaterally eliminating patronage rather than waiting for concessions to be agreed upon in free trade negotiations. The Coalition followed suit.

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This is why when free trade talks with Beijing began, only the Communist Party of China (CCP) could offer significant tariff cuts.

So Australia was pressured to make concessions on so-called “investments” – that is, at a premium to bargain basement prices and even the acquisition of strategic assets.

This is the gullibility of the Australian political class.

While we are on Labor’s struggles, there is a phase at which they should be deeply ashamed.

Before the union of Australia in 1901, the autonomous colonies had little control over immigration. This was more a matter for the Empire and on which the British were very liberal.

With the Federation, it was possible to adopt an Australian immigration policy. Of all the parties, Labor was the most opposed, perhaps because it feared that the achievements of the workforce would be undermined.

Rather than hide behind a tool that could require potential immigrants to pass a dictation test in any European language, Labor pushed for a policy, explicitly called the White Australia Policy.

The ALP was strongest in its application soon after the war, but the policy was effectively ended by the Harold Holt coalition government, although the Whitlam Labor government is usually credited with its end by the media.

It is not unknown for a party to hide its past and even profit from it.

The US Democrats were the party that supported slavery and then segregation. But ironically, the party now enjoys the most support from the African American community.

The ALP has the most history when it comes to race policy, however, the latest newspole poll shows that households that typically speak a foreign language are more likely to vote for Labor 58 to 42. it occurs.

Covering up the past is one thing. It is more difficult to hide the present.

Voters are entitled to uniformity, but above all a party will do what it truly believes is in the national interest and will discuss it openly.

Albanese may well think that the departure of Fitzgibbons will take their heat away, but the fact is that the heat will come from traditional Labor voters as we saw in 2019.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

David Flint

David Flint is an emeritus professor of law, best known for his leadership of the Australian people to a constitutional monarchy and his tenure as head of the Australian Broadcasting Authority. He is also a former President of the Australian Press Council and the World Association of Press Councils.


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