Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Racism Labor’s unifying thread

Julia Gillard’s approach to asylum seekers reminds us of one thing: for most of its history a consistent thread in Labor Party policy was a fear of coloured migrants.  The inherent racism of the ordinary working classes was papered over from the late 1960s by a Labor Party leader of moral strength but Gough Whitlam’s leadership is being swept aside today by Julia Gillard. The new federal Labor Leader has chosen to pander to ugly racism with its modern touch of anti-Muslim feeling rather than fight it.
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