The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION OURS & YOURS -

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.

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