On ABC News Breakfast This Morning
The politics of refugees will always hurt Labor. There’s no way of reconciling the view of supporters in the suburbs and regions with the view of those in the inner city. Julia Gillard simply has to make the most out of the domestic processing that will follow Tony Abbott’s refusal to support her Malaysian Solution. And she’ll have to belt Abbott every time people smugglers send another boat to these shores – a boat full of people who think that domestic processing means they get to stay in Australia.
On the other hand we’ve got carbon pricing in place and Abbott will have an impossible task to dismantle it, something Labor needs to highlight at every opportunity. I saw six chairs of Australian companies at the Australian Financial Review – Mallesons panel lunch yesterday. Several of the companies have always supported carbon trading and they have been handed a set of rules that enables a regime to grow up in Australia. They don’t anticipate the horrendous consequences Abbott has been talking about. They just want certainty.
Clinching both policies requires Labor to sell its messages more successfully than it’s been doing. There’s no more profound way of putting it.