Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Qld Labor Has Abandoned Its Working-Class Roots

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Qld Labor Has Abandoned Its Working-Class Roots

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Byline: Peter Gleeson peter.gleeson@news.com.au

OPINION: THE Labor Party is at the crossroads. Is it still the political party of the worker -- the battler -- or has it become the ideological captive of the Left and the Greens?

It can't be both. If the Adani fiasco has proven one thing it is that the Labor Party's proud tradition of being a job-creating, fair go for everybody movement is under threat.

How can the Labor Party pledge that it's about giving regional Queenslanders a fair go when it is cynically and clumsily opposing a mining project that will feed the families of thousands of Queenslanders.

All at a time when Queensland is lagging behind just about every state and territory on fiscal indicators.

When the godfather of the union movement in Queensland, Bill Ludwig, questions the Labor Government's priorities on Adani, you know they are in trouble. When the left-wing CFMMEU questions the State Government's policy on Adani, you know they are in trouble.

When a federal Labor MP like Cathy O'Toole, in Herbert, poses serious concerns about the government's Adani policy, you know they are in trouble.

For Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to haughtily dismiss Ludwig as yesterday's man shows how hubris and arrogance has enveloped George Street, particularly in the Left.

The Labor Party can't be all things to all people. As my colleague Steven Wardill said on Sky News last week, when you stand in the middle of the road for too long, you're bound to get run over.

The Labor Party has two options. It can either go back to its grassroots and adopt policies that create jobs and help the economic bottom line, through coal royalties, or it can ideologically bend over and merge with the Greens.

There is no in between. The Greens policies are anti-Australian, anti-Queensland and will send the country broke. …

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