If it is not to wilt in the shade of Howard’s legacy, a Labor government not only needs to win debates, but to change the terms in which they’re conducted. To do this, it will have to overcome the new political correctness – the reluctance to state the bleeding obvious for fear of being called a bleeding heart.
Lyons makes a powerful case that Labor needs to turn around the “people like us” style of governance characteristic of the Howard years and really govern for “all of us”. Social inclusion, she suggests, is not only absolutely necessary for facing the challenges Australia confronts, but could also be a powerful electoral theme. It’s well worth a read for an informed take on exactly what opportunities have been missed in this year’s campaign.
Cross-posted at PollieGraph.