Even in defeat, Shorten is all bs

It’s understandable that Bill Shorten might be feeling a touch disappointed at losing a second federal election in a row, but at this point it might behoove him to go back to unpacking all the stuff he’d boxed up for the anticipated move to the Lodge and just keep his gob shut. Nobody likes a sore loser, much less a turkey who salts their sour grapes with a whopping dash of bs.

Whinging that he coulda been a contender if it weren’t for them dastardly “corporates” shows that Shorten, like much of the Labor party, is in complete denial about what happened on election night.

Bill Shorten has blamed “corporate leviathans” and a “financial behemoth” for Labor’s historic election defeat, attributing the loss to a media-fuelled fear campaign and shunning responsibility for the people’s rejection of his high taxing, class warfare agenda.

In a rebuke of his successor’s attempt to soften Labor’s rhetoric against business, Mr Shorten also failed to endorse Anthony Albanese’s view that divisive policies and the ALP’s campaign against the “big end of town” were key factors behind the May 18 election loss.

Nobody should buy this line of self-serving bs. The fact is that multi-millionaire Shorten’s Labor toadied to the big end of town for all they were worth. Asreported on Whaleoil, before the election, the Labor frontbench crawled through the doors of the billionaire Pratt family’s mansion, to kiss the rings of the very “corporate leviathans” Shorten is now blaming. Even on election night, Labor’s anticipated victory party was patronised by a rich-list of corporate elites.

The attack from Mr Shorten — who will stay on the frontbench — was at odds with the message promoted by the newly installed Opposition Leader, who identified the plan to scrap cash refunds for excess franking credits and the alienation of small business owners as key factors in the election result.

On other things though, Albanese is showing that Labor haven’t learned a thing from their devastating defeat. While admitting that one or two policies stank, he’s still peddling the broad green-left agenda that Australians rejected. Small businesses certainly aren’t buying this supposed change of heart – especially with the prospect of Shorten being handed the shadow small business portfolio.

Council of Small Business of Australia chief executive Peter Strong yesterday said Mr Shorten’s comments to the Labor caucus “show that he doesn’t know what actually happened in the election”.

“The small business community, which is a big community, were terrified of what might happen if Labor were to win,” Mr Strong told The Australian.

“The union movement and GetUp — with their false information — lost the election because every time a small business person heard ‘jobs crisis’ and ‘living wage’ their employees saw someone who was scared.

“In our opinion, Anthony Albanese is right to acknowledge the importance of small business and the need to engage with them because, in the 2007 election, 53 per cent of the small business community voted Labor.

“If Bill Shorten were to become a shadow small business minister — we have had very good relations with him — but we would need to have a long, hard talk.”]


Labor has at least three long years of soul-searching ahead of them, more likely six. The signs so far are that they’ve failed to learn a damn thing.