Gillard is right that she represents core Labor values which really amounts to the policies of the Greens disguised as concern for the workers.
This time, because of the formal alliance with the Greens, we saw the real thing in action. We also saw true Labor values so far as the workers are concerned, with Julia absolutely admitting that she helped set up a “union slush fund” and Craig Thomson’s HSU credit card being run through at some very un-Labour like venues. The words “self interest” does not go anywhere near covering the way these people operate. They’re in it for the money and the workers be damned.
I have a little piece over at Quadrant Online about this fake separation. Just how fake it is can be seen by what this former ACTU Secretary and now cabinet minister was reported to have said in The Australian:
Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said Senator Milne was only doing a bit of product differentiation.
‘We are the ones who brought in a carbon price successfully and we are the ones who have made major breakthroughs in Tassie forests and the Murray-Darling’, he said.
Why he still wants to brag about it is beyond me, but then so much of what these people believe is good policy is beyond me. If their aim is to make people dependent and poor, it would make sense, but since they say that their aim is to create independence and wealth, why they do the things they do remains a mystery. Perhaps it’s because they are completely clueless about how economies work. In this regard Combet’s Wikipedia entry is quite revealing, especially his “work” career:
Greg Combet was born in Sydney and attended Eastern Creek Primary school, then Rooty Hill High School from years 7 to 10. He completed his secondary education at Baulkham Hills High School. He was later educated at the University of New South Wales where he studied mining engineering, and then graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics, and a Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations and the Law. He was a project officer for the New South Wales Tenants’ Union before working for the Lidcombe Workers’ Health Centre. In 1987, he was employed by the Waterside Workers’ Federation, now part of the Maritime Union of Australia.
Combet’s association with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) began in 1993 when he became a Senior Industrial Officer. In 1996 he was elected Assistant Secretary and in 2000, following the retirement of Bill Kelty, he became Secretary. Over his time at the ACTU, Combet has co-ordinated many union campaigns, including the ‘Cavalcade to Canberra’ of 19 August 1996. The protest gained notoriety due to 2,000 breakaway protesters rioting in and around Parliament House. He rose to further prominence during the 1998 Australian waterfront dispute and supported militant union protests during the campaign, saying “the laws were made against workers, and bad laws have to be broken.” Combet also participated in campaigns to secure entitlements and compensation for the staff of the collapsed airline Ansett Australia and asbestos victims of the James Hardie company. In his capacity as Secretary of the ACTU, Combet led the campaign against the Howard Government’s WorkChoices industrial relations law changes.
Why would putting Rudd back in charge make any difference at all with these people still around?