Don't get me wrong; the LNP aren't worth voting for - agreed. But voting Labor accomplishes nothing either; Which keeps the LNP in power which floats your boat. That's my gripe with the "Never vote Labor again" lot.
... I hope they spend another generation in the political wilderness until they can at least come up with something that doesn't make life harder for the rapidly disappearing middle.
I have no issue with anyone who votes Liberal because it looks after them (can't understand why anyone votes National though). As one of the aspirational most of my circle vote for them. I worked my way from the wrong side of the ledger so my social values aren't always in sync with theirs'. Unfortunately the Libs are becoming less liberal and more reactionary than ever which sits uncomfortably with me.
You're so concerned about working masses yet ignore the legislative history of both sides since 1972, and just as importantly what they opposed. Most recent examples being opposition to a Banking Royal Commission and cutting penalty rates. Understand the ideology and vote accordingly.
No - keeping the LNP in power doesn't 'float my boat'; it's not about that. It's about the fact that there is so very little difference between the Labor and LNP policies on so very many issues that it's simply not worth voting Labor.
You cite the example of the abolition of penalty rates: The real story here is that (as Fair Work Australia recently found) almost nobody working in hospitality is getting award rates anyway. And that situation was aided and abetted by the Labor Party who have kept the unilateral policy of 1.6% population growth (400,000 or so new residents) every single year. So the Labor Party opposes the abolition of penalty rates as a kind of virtue-signalling when in reality it's meaningless for the vast majority who work in that sector not getting award anyway.
The Banking Royal Commission: Nothing happened as a result of it anyway, what was the purpose? Again more posturing from Bill Shorten about going after the 'big end of town' but ultimately no action.
Even worse than the LNP is the infiltration of the Labor Party by the Chinese Communist Party: Even yesterday leading factional lefty Kim Carr was praising the virtues of a totalitarian regime that imprisons millions just because they're Muslim. Is he even aware of that or is it just something we need to accept is part of the communist yoke? The Labor Party is far too soft on terrorism too: Kristina Keneally was telling us that we should bring home those radicalised ISIS brides because they're just been naughty girls and it's time for them to come home. Is she serious? Those women represent a really clear danger to the Australian people and she's telling the Australian government that we have an obligation to repatriate them - why don't we resettle them next door to her family if she's so keen on them! Then on the other hand you have Senator Penny Wong telling us that the LNP are not going far enough with 'free trade' and we need to go further - she should try coming to Elizabeth and lecturing the unemployed out there that more 'free trade' is the answer.
The Labor Party has no consistent ideology, no purpose for existing. All they can offer Australia is a grab-bag of concessions, more welfare for the people they helped make unemployed, more kow-towing to communist China and more mis-directly touchy-feeling humanism.
If you seriously think that they're a good alternative government then by all means keep voting for them. And I'll keep voting for anyone but the two majors.