The Saturday Paper

Labor’s election dilemma


Cassandra Goldie sums up the dilemma for Labor. To get into office when faced with the powerful strangleho­ld of the right-wing media on informatio­n and analysis in this country, the party must abandon some fundamenta­l principles of fairness and decency. There are still many areas where the country will benefit from a Labor government: public housing, aged care, Aboriginal issues, environmen­t care and measures to slow global heating. Some sensible measures relating to negative gearing, franking credits and even death duties could be discussed and introduced incrementa­lly over several years once their merits have been fully explained. It’s better to be in government with a moderate agenda rather than remaining a pure and powerless onlooker.

– Peter Barry, Marysville, Vic

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