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Labor could see the ‘wilderness years’ again

Michael McLaren

Michael is joined by Stephen Loosley, former Labor National President & Senator, warned recently in The Australian newspaper that Federal Labor could see its ‘wildness years’ return.

Mr Loosley writes, ‘if federal Labor were a corporation, it may have faced delisting by the ASX.   A deep cultural change needs to occur in federal Labor’s ranks and this is not simply a matter of leadership alone.’

‘Strategically, Labor needs to be utterly realistic about the electoral terrain, moving into the centre and campaigning as if it were 500 votes behind in every seat. Hard heads must be the order of the day.’

‘In short, Labor needs to toughen up, approaching every election as winnable and doing all that is required to win.  As Lyndon Johnson remarked, in politics, if you do everything, then you will win. Claiming to be competitive is not even a ticket to play.’

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