sierrakilo44 wrote:Kent350787 wrote:
Australia would have been a very, very different country if Keating had remained PM, rather than back to the 1950s with Howard. I do agree that the current Government is very poor for the nation internationally, but Keating is not the powerhouse he once was (noting I attended his first post PM major speech, at the Australia-Asia forum, in 1996 and thought it was pretty amazing)
I found those like Hawke/Keating/Rudd/Gillard, maybe Turnbull, at least recognised where australia was in the world, who are trading partners are, where the largest source of our migrant intake will come from in the future. Howard/Abbott/Morrison still think it’s 1950 and Australia is “British to the boot heels” to quote Bob Menzies.
Don’t forget Scott Morrison is the federal member for the area in Sydney that gave us the infamous “Cronulla riots”, where thousands of young drunken Anglo Australians draped in Aussie flag paraphernalia enacted mob violence against anyone with darker skin than them, beating those they considered to be of middle eastern descent to a pulp.
Morrison comes from this very Anglo Saxon area of Sydney, the Sutherland shire. Abbott comes from the similar very Anglo Northern Beaches of Sydney. It’s a joke amongst Sydney siders that residents of those two areas rarely travel into the more diverse parts of Sydney and stay within their own little insular communities.
John Howard represented the white bread North shore electorate of Bennelong for many years, until a redistribution changed the boundaries to intake a more diverse electorate with a higher Asian population, and he suffered the indignity of being a sitting PM voted out of parliament.
Whereas Paul Keating, Julia Gillard and current ALP leader Albanese represent some of the most ethnically diverse multicultural electorates in the country.
I think this is a good insight into how these leaders think about Australia’s place in the world.
Totally off-topic but slightly fun fact - Albanese lives three blocks from the former Howard family service station, both of which are in Marrickville but outside his electorate (but only just).
I won't argue that Labor is always correct, but it has regualrly demonstrated that it is less in the thrall of Old Mother England and the USA.