I'd argue it was even worse under Hawke and Keating because they pretended they were the worker's best friend all the while screwing them. Just look at what they actually did.And please don't tell me that Hawke and Keating could fix this mess - that they themselves created with their cryto-Thatcherite agenda of off-shoring all the good jobs. The only thing those two have on their minds now is whether one of them might become President in the future... the economic welfare of the ordinary Australian is the last thing on either of those pirates' minds.Pretty sure you have that as a permanent copy and paste. It’s not as if you need an excuse not to vote ALP.
You intentionally ignore the political reality of the times. I recall the Liberal Party wets vs drys, the ascendency of Murdoch, and how he effectively kept Thatcher in power in spite of the turmoil that engulfed the UK. Under Hawke/Keating we avoided the excesses of Thatcherism. Everyone expected Labor to go off the reservation again, but they didn’t and that’s why they lasted beyond one term. Politics is the art of the possible.
Off shoring or best shoring of jobs actually took off during the Howard years. I had personal experience of "making it work."
The Accord marked a period of wages growth below-inflation while corporate profits exploded to their highest levels in decades. Rapid decline of tariffs against imported products even in the middle of a recession - Keating didn't give a damn about the workers at Nissan when the plant closed, he actually thought it was a good thing. He didn't give a damn about the suffering of the working class, he was too busy virtue signalling about reconciliation to be bothered with the people who had elected him.
Howard just followed on from exactly where Keating left off, they pretty much didn't change anything, steady as she goes. You've got to stop forgiving the Labor Party instead of holding them to account; they are primarily responsible for the coming economic storm that will make the Great Depression look like a picnic.