La­bor is al­ways on the fence

STATE OP­PO­SI­TION

Mercury (Hobart) - - LETTERS -

AN in­ter­est­ing Talk­ing Point, Gary Bakker (“La­bor com­ing to terms with the loss of tra­di­tional vot­ers,” Mer­cury, Novem­ber 26). They seem in op­po­si­tion to have an opinion on next to noth­ing, and it was some­what ironic that on the same morning I read his ar­ti­cle, I heard a snip­pet of Leon Compton in­ter­view­ing Re­becca White on The Morning Show. Her re­sponse to his ques­tion was “I’m sit­ting on the fence on this one, Leon”, I bet she has a sore back­side, as that seems to be the La­bor re­sponse to most is­sues that con­cern Tas­ma­ni­ans.

Gary Bakker sug­gests that the only op­po­si­tion to the Lib­eral Party are In­de­pen­dents, and mi­nor par­ties.

I have a dif­fer­ent view on this, my opinion is that the Gov­ern­ment’s main op­po­si­tion is the Anti-Ev­ery­thing-Coali­tion. The peo­ple of West­bury try­ing to halt the devel­op­ment of a new prison, on the doorstep of their vil­lage. The peo­ple of South Ho­bart, con­cerned at how a ca­ble-car devel­op­ment might af­fect their life­style. East Coast res­i­dents fight­ing the for­eign buy up, and mas­sive Cam­bria Green devel­op­ment, and in­dus­trial size fish farms. It’s the doc­tors and nurses fight­ing to get some­thing done to im­prove con­di­tions in our over­crowded and un­der­funded hos­pi­tals. It’s those who have been fight­ing for three years to stop a busi­ness devel­op­ment in a World Her­itage Area, which if suc­cess­ful will be the pre­cur­sor to many more wait­ing in the wings. It’s The Cen­tral High­land Coun­cil that bravely voted against the de­ci­sion to let that devel­op­ment go ahead.

It is no sur­prise then that the Gov­ern­ment is look­ing to si­lence the Anti-Ev­ery­thing-Bri­gade

— try­ing once more, to push through harsh anti-protest laws. Laws which will re­strict Tas­ma­ni­ans right to protest at what is seen as un­just, and a threat to our qual­ity of life.

Mean­time La­bor will sit on the fence.

ar­ti­cle in your sis­ter pa­per (“It’s time La­bor de­cided where its heart lies”, The Herald Sun, Novem­ber 25). His ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle sum­ma­tion is ap­pli­ca­ble fed­er­ally and more im­por­tantly in Tas­ma­nia, with the se­lec­tion of can­di­dates, and the true be­liev­ers sent them a mes­sage in 2016, which they ig­nored to their detri­ment, when Lisa Singh polled 20,000 first pref­er­ence votes be­low the line and their num­ber one, He­len Pol­ley, polled 1900 in the Se­nate elec­tion.

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