Annika Smethurst’s pertinent article (“Labor’s navel-gazing needs to stop”, 3/11) rightly alluded to the fact that in recent years, the ALP has shunned its traditional Roman Catholic, working-class and family-centric heritage and pursued a Clintonesque agenda of toxic identity politics.
There is a precedence here: back in 2014, when Tasmanians overwhelmingly voted in a new Liberal Hodgman government, former Labor premier Paul Lennon sagely noted that his party had essentially been more concerned about promoting and propagating niche social issues such as same-sex marriage rather than the concerns of everyday citizens: health, education and job opportunities.
In a curious way, Scott Morrison is the natural Hawke successor in terms of being an everyman who bridges multiple social classes and embodies the Australian ethos of aspiration.
The uncomfortable truth is that Labor no longer endears itself to the mainstream, which does not predominantly get its updates on current affairs from the ABC and is not enamoured with Australia becoming a republic, rainbow quotas, bringing back the family members of killed foreign fighters to Australia, or self-flagellating about our minuscule carbon emissions.
Indeed, the most recent AEC map of Australia shows the red-shaded areas most dominant in the various inner city suburbs, where soy lattes and vacuous virtue-singnalling go hand in hand.