brucejeffreys asked: Hi Cass, I know you don't know me but I was really impressed with you on the filmed panel in the City of Sydney preselection debate. I'm going to make a huge sweeping judgement call here - your politics seem a better fit with the Pirate Party in Germany, centrist libertarian and socially progressive. I'm not surprised the labor party didn't get you as a candidate - they're still stuck with the insider, paternal-style of politics. Love to know your thoughts.
there are a few people in the ALP who joined to be part of the liberalising, globalising, prosperity agenda of the 80s/90s but it looks like the socialists have largely taken over. I sympathise with the pirates and LDP but I guess I haven’t been ready to walk away from a party I devoted most of my adult life to and which once put the interests of regular people first rather than the middle class hand-wringers who used to be the minority.
I am a pretty mainstream person - I work hard, pay my own way, participate in civil society groups that provide a hand up to those who need it, teach my kids good manners and when I had a lawn i kept it trimmed.These are values that made my grandparents labor voters but the hand up got replaced with a hand out and the unions have been allowed to become co-regulators of the economy rather than representatives of labour to the point where the party of the honest hard working people has become a party of rent seekers and subsidy gamers seduced by central planning.
I would trade most of them as a job lot for one Peter Walsh.
I follow with interest the LDP and Pirates but they are still a long way from the mainstream voter. shades of the Workers Party? in retrospect had the WP chosen a less facetious name and broadened its pitch it might have lasted long enough for its time to come!