Labor has stooped to a staggering low. Yesterday they waged an unprecedented and unwarranted attack over a deal made between the Greens and the Liberals regarding big-business tax transparency. The Greens did what Labor wouldn’t do – they made a move against the elephant in the room and struck a deal to ensure that Australians will no longer be kept in the dark about multiple large companies’ tax avoidance. This didn’t sit well with Labor as illustrated by Labor Senator for NSW, Sam Dastyari’s temper tantrum in Parliament yesterday:
Watch the full video here.
According to Dastyari, Labor was content to drag out their “tax campaign” even longer than the two years that they’ve already let pass by. How much longer do they think they have? It seems as though they’re already assuming a loss at the next election and that negotiations with the Liberals would continue for months (or years). Not good enough, Labor, we need tax transparency now. Thanks to the Greens we now have that. If it’s not to the extent that is desired, that’s the price we pay for electing the Coalition. For Labor to want to drag this out further in the hope that they could change the stance of the Liberals is ludicrous. And even if they could make them budge slightly, how much longer would that take, and would the wait have been worth it? But this is all beside the point.
Not only did Labor stall on such an imperative deal, they also seized the opportunity to diminish the Greens’ reputation in an attempt to sway any left-leaning swing-voters away from the Greens. In doing so, they’ve created an unnecessary rivalry which only serves to help the Liberals win the next election.
Perhaps most disappointing was Penny Wong’s involvement. An admirable woman who seemed to be above the LNP-style slandering, Senator Wong has always been a sentimental favourite of many. But thanks to the grandstanding yesterday, along with that of the rest of their party, Senator Wong, and subsequently, the Labor Party, has lost my support, and that of so many others.
Watch the full video here.
The official Australian Labor Party Facebook page also got in on the action a few hours prior, urging followers to contact Senator Di Natale personally by publishing his direct phone number. This was accompanied by a mass-email from Shadow Minister Chris Bowen urging supporters to do the same.
Read Dastyari’s post here.
Above the Greens’ logo there is a portion of the original image, indicating that this rush-job absolutely was thieved by Labor. What’s even more dumbfounding is that this was not a rogue action on Dastyari’s part. This is actually a Labor-authorised image.
And this morning the Young Greens made the point(s) that so many Greens supporters (and former Labor supporters) were making yesterday, all wrapped up in a handy meme:
Labor’s fault here is threefold: they delayed taking any genuine action on the issue of big-business tax transparency for over two years; they have been spending their entire Opposition term (virtually) in hiding, except when they emerged to vote WITH the Liberals on issues that their supporters begged them not to (eg. data retention); and finally, they took this one instance as their opportunity to begin a smear-campaign against the Greens, all while giving the LNP a free, unopposed ride throughout this entire term.
There are simply no words for how unethical, unbelievable and unnecessary this is. Labor has overstepped their bounds and for what? Perhaps they feel that the Greens are a gentler target than the Liberals and less likely to come back swinging. Or perhaps they’ve finally noticed that they’re losing supporters by siding with the Liberals on key issues, but instead of reconsidering their stance on said issues, Labor is attempting to deflect by drawing attention to the one time this entire term that the Greens have struck any sort of deal with the Liberals. No matter what the reason, Labor’s actions were completely uncalled for.
These dirty Liberal tactics are best left to the smear campaign experts themselves – the Liberals. At the very least they should be aimed at the Liberal Party, not the closest thing that Labor has to an ally.