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Fixing Australia

Australia is broken. Democracy has holes in it, cracks in it, and it needs fixing. Since the 2004 Federal election we know that our government is not going to fix it. I think we need to do that fixing, and this blog is a start of getting some ideas together.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

The ALP: did we vote for this?

Lindsay Tanner, Carmen Lawrence, John Faulkner, Bob McMullan on the backbenches. Anna Burke first in disagreement with mandatory detention, then arguing it keeps communicable diseases out. Did she get a talking to from Mark Latham, who is on the record of twisting the facts on mandatory detention? Laurie Ferguson who calls refugees 'illegals' has Immigration portfolio. Has right-wing neo-liberalism invaded the ALP so much that all hope for a good Labor Party as we know it should be abandoned? And, if that is so, should the backbenchers leave and become independents or Greens?
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