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An Open Letter to the Parliamentary Labor Party

I will cheerfully admit that I have been a long term Labor man…the concept of greatest good for the greatest amount of people and your focus on socially responsible policies has always resonated with me.  Being the only party concerned with long term vision and projects instead of governing for the next election has been a refreshing change from the Howard years of middle class welfare and pork barrelling.

After the events of last night however, my disillusionment is total and you will never receive my vote again. That fact that you could even consider promoting to leader the one individual that has been continually undermining your every effort to govern through this Parliament is just baffling and to my eyes unforgivable.

Despite whatever spurious justification you may get out of polling hypotheticals, you have effectively consigned the ALP to at least 2 terms in Opposition and possibly facing a Queensland-style wipeout, unless of course Abbott is as useless as I suspect and you might scrape in after 3 years.  By then the damage will have been done and you will have allowed the legacy of the fine work that has been achieved in this hung Parliament to be destroyed…all to satisfy one person’s need for revenge and others’ needs to keep their job.

If you think that the media and Opposition don’t have a raft of anti-Rudd advertising ready to roll you are kidding yourself, especially when you have handed them the “untrustworthy Rudd” angle with him breaking his word on challenging.

You have sacrificed a thoroughly capable and dynamic leader and replaced her with a proved liar and betrayer, who will stop at nothing to achieve what he sees as rightfully his…the position of Prime Minister.  In effect he is the ALP version of Abbott.

I briefly considered becoming a member of the ALP to show my support for PM Gillard but that will never happen now.

I will never vote for the ALP while the likes of Rudd, Shorten and Fitzgibbon are involved…and I am not alone.

I will also make sure that my family and friends do the same.

Enjoy your time in the political wilderness…I hope you learn from it.

  1. June 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    I’m relieved that your vote has shifted. Your views are different to mine but no one should vote for the labor circus in it’s present arrangement.

    • June 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Still not voting for LNP….they get my last preference.

      • June 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Ha fair enough. Whoever gets in hopefully undoes the damage before we’re all unemployed!

        • June 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

          Undoes what damage? If you mean the “damage” our economy is in you are sadly deluded.

    • recalcitrantrick
      June 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      I’d rather go to a circus than a horror movie!

  2. recalcitrantrick
    June 27, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Massive, I understand your sentiments and I to have a dislike of Rudd for probably all the same reasons as you. However politics, as much as we would like to think otherwise is about pragmatism, to win you must finish! And I want to win! An Australia under Abbott will be a regressive, negative place, with the emphasis on nothing but money and productivity. When I think about Australia, I see a relaxed, friendly, welcoming country, with time to appreciate life, family and freedom. Where ALL Australians have access to a first class education, Where ALL Australians are treated as equal as regards health, social and workplace equality. Abbotts Australia IMO, is a depressing place where we will have more private wealth and public squalor, gated communities alongside slums, and more and more people living in substandard housing and or temporary accommodation. Abbott and the current crop of Liberals??? (Conservatives) are slaves to the ratbag theories of the IPA and the Catholic church and if you want see what a dog eat dog, religiocentric (my word) country looks like, just look to any American city and see our future.
    If Rudd retains all of Gillards policies, and fights to defend them as well as promising equal marriage rights asap after the election I think he has a chance of swinging the populists (those that don’t really care about politics but vote on personalities and simple ideas) back to Labor.
    And defeat Abbott!!!! And isn’t that the MOST important thing?

    • June 27, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      I don’t believe winning at all costs if the important thing…if you abandon your principles on the journey what’s the point of winning? You no longer stand for what you believe because you’ve made too many morally suspect compromises to achieve your aim.

      That’s why I draw the line here…it is morally indefensible to reward an acknowledge betrayer simply so that you can win the election. What does that say about you…that you will do whatever it takes, no matter how repugnant, to win? That’s tony Abbott territory….

  3. egg
    July 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Welcome back Massive.

    ‘I don’t believe winning at all costs if the important thing…if you abandon your principles on the journey what’s the point of winning?’

    Its just politics and not to be taken too seriously, but like you I was disappointed to see Julia go. Obviously for a different reason.

    The good news is that we have a couple of middle weights about to do battle and its going to be a great political stoush (sic).

  4. Neil of Sydney
    July 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    the concept of greatest good for the greatest amount of people and your focus on socially responsible policies has always resonated with me

    Me too. Too bad it never happens with Labor parties.

    “and replaced her with a proved liar and betrayer, who will stop at nothing to achieve what he sees as rightfully his

    And more than 50% of the Australian population voted for this man in 2007. Therefore the people who voted for him are as corrupt and dishonest as he is.

  5. August 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I will cheerfully admit that I have been a long term Labor man

    who never joined the ALP.

  6. Fed up
    August 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    I will vote for Rudd, in spite of Gillard being deposed.

    I do not believe he deserves to win, but sadly he is many times better than Abbott.

    Abbott will bring this nation and economy down,. Yes, time will move on, and he will disappear, but we do not need that trauma in the meantime. Time will sort Rudd out, but sadly , because of Rudd, much talent has left the parliament, syringing enough, is enough.

    We the voter, need to take some responsibility for the present, shocking political climate we see ourselves in,

    If we took more interest, and raised our voices when we seen things amiss, we would be in a better place now.,

    Abbott we cannot risk. Most have much to lose. Yes, to lose, but little to gain. Well that is, if you are at the bottom of the pile.

  7. Fed up
    August 18, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Yes, the only hope that Rudd has is to build on the achievements of Gillard, He does not have to mention her name, just fight for what has been achieved of the last six years, with emphasis on the last three,

    Not really that hard. We do know he is a good salesman when he puts his mind to it. He just has to remove himself from the equation,. not THAT HARD.

  8. Fed up
    August 18, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    I believe that Gillard would have been a worthy proponent for Abbott. and that she well and truly had his measure.

    Gillard has left Rudd the tools to carry the fight on, One hopes he is man enough to pick up and use what Gillard has put in place,. He does not have to mention her names, bit he will lose, if he turns his back on her achievements.

    Rudd and Abbott, as much as they would like, airbrush the last successful years, of a minority government.

    A government that run it’s time,. past three budgets in near rec’d time, and addressed many problems that majority governments has failed to do,

    Yes, in spite of Abbott’s dummy spit for three years, was a duly, elected, legitimate government according to the Constitution. A government, at all times to command the numbers, on the floor of the lower houser, where it counted, Government, that at all times, was never it trouble.

    We still have Abbott, threatening once gassing, to thrash the will of the voter, if they do not give him, what he demands. Mr. Abbott appears to haver trouble accepting governments, that the will off the voter, puts in place. Mr.Abbott has no respect for those, who do not vote for his party, He seems to think, they have no value, or right to be heard,.

    One can only hope that the electorate awakes from what appears to be its slumber in the next three weeks.

    Not because Rudd is amazing, but because we cannot afford Abbott, Most have to much to lose.

    Look to that hip pocket nerve, and ask yourself, Mr. Abbott, can I afford you. Suspect when you do the sums, the answer is no.

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