Their own research tells them that they're not connecting with traditional blue-collar Labor voters any longer - but then again if you're a tradie earning in excess of six figures why on earth would you want to vote Labor anyway? As that ETU of NSW survey I quoted said, union members don't like the Labor Party, they don't feel that it represents their world view and one in four don't even vote Labor any longer because they feel it offers them nothing.I actually agree with Don for once, each way Albo is as weak as water, he is channelling shifty Shorten in so many ways it's not funny, the ALP needs a leadership change, and fast!I quite like Albo too, I don't think changing leadership will help, the ALP needs to attack these do nothing non accountable non responsible inept pathetic excuse of a governmentWhereas the ALP don't care about winning elections, they'd much rather be morally superior. Right?
The only vision this government has is to win the next election.
It's kinda reminiscent of the 1980's where Hawke had captured the votes of the workers AND the middle class (Menzies' forgotten people) leaving the Liberals with nowhere to go - we're seeing the same thing in reverse now in the 2020's with the LNP having captured much of Labor's traditional support base such as tradies and other skilled working people because the ALP narrative of relentless 'gender equity', 'climate justice' etc etc simply doesn't appeal to them.
Coal mining in particular has the Labor Party wedged right up the wazoo - they can't come out in support of it or they'll lose their latte sipping green-tinged inner city types but then they can't condemn all the coal mines to closure because they'll never, ever win in places like the Bowen Basin or Hunter Valley ever again. Albo looks like he's about to pop a vein any time anyone asks him about coal mining - it's a problem they just can't find an answer to.