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  •  Labor's problem in NSW (1+ / 0-)
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    Alizarin Indigo

    is partly due to their failure to appeal to the ethnic vote. Despite historically being a diverse party, multicultural Sydney has deserted Labor on an unprecedented scale. The new Liberal mayor of Liverpool (a place that should be the safest of safe Labor areas) himself is a Muslim Arab who left the Labor Party in disgust.
    Almost all Labor MPs in Western Sydney are White Male Social Conservatives who no longer have any appeal to the changing demographics of the region.

    •  so (0+ / 0-)

      that is similar to the problem that faces the GOP today, but applied to a center left party.

    •  the mining tax (0+ / 0-)

      is so politically stupid because it hits the pocketbooks of Labor's constituency directly.

      I get the carbon tax, as Labor has been discussing it for a long time.

      •  I'm not sure (1+ / 0-)
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        CF of Aus

        that taxing big businesses that make exceptionally large profits (and only those whose profits are exceptionally large) and redistributing the money raised to the needy was so exceptionally outside of Labor's wheelhouse policywise. The complete failure to sell it to the electorate was certainly an epic failure (although it polls quite well now).
        Whilst a carbon tax is really more of a free-markets Liberal party solution to the carbon emissions problem in the first place. The Liberal party's current preference for directly paying polluters to pollute less is a bit ideologically eccentric.

        •  but the mining tax (0+ / 0-)

          didn't raise ant revenue, right?

          •  Correct (1+ / 0-)
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            the compromise on the mining tax Gillard hashed out with the mining companies was so mindbogglingly stupid because it allowed the mining companies to write off what they had to pay when it came to state based mining royalties.

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            by ehstronghold on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 04:27:22 PM PDT

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          •  Sure but (0+ / 0-)

            That just means it was a badly managed policy. There is no reason it couldn't have been a success in theory.

            A poll out today (Essential) has the mining tax at 49-27 approval (in yet another terrible poll for Labor) so it was more the dismal management of the mining tax rather than the general idea of a mining tax that is to blame for their woes.

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