Then Labor gave away too much detail on policies like franking credits and negative gearing which handed huge ammunition to the Coalition, which they peddled along with a completely fake, made up "death tax" which was never, ever, Labor policy.
But the bottom line is (as I noted on Twitter) Bill's main reason for losing Queensland was not keeping the mullet.
I find it depressing how little some people know about the policies they are voting for. I cannot vote in Australia yet I have realised during this election I am more politically aware than many people who have the right to vote. It irritates when I read people saying I went and randomly wrote numbers against names cos I had to vote. Yes you do have to vote so take half an hour out of your self absorbed life to find out some things about who you are voting for and how they will impact your life for the next few years.Labor won because they didn't run a negative campaign against the Liberals. They assumed the public was informed enough to know why voting for Scomo was a stupid idea. They assumed the public could see through the lies. Well, they didn't.
Putting forward an argument for policies doesn't work in Australia.
I have found the few conversations I have had with people who voted for Scomo interesting. It's just things like, "Bill Shorten sucks." You then ask "why?" and get nothing back.
"Stupid electric cars." You tell them that policy was literally the same as the Liberals. They act like you're talking nonsense. You tell them that all major car companies are aiming to transition to making high percentages of their new cars being electric by 2030 and so you need a policy so Australian's can actually buy new cars. At best you get a response, "is that true?" or a "nah."
Yet it's all stuff you know, saw on the news, saw debate around but these poeple didn't.
"What about those corrupt water sales?"
You get nothing.
"What about the corrupt Murray Darling basin?"
"What about the people stranded on Manus and swapping out families for war criminals to live here?"
They either haven't heard about that or agree it's bad.
Everything feels like it's going ok. Shorten run on, "we've got work to do and can improve this place." Scomo ran on, "everything is great, it's fine here, Shorten will ruin it." Then wins and there's nothing but bad news. Which is to be expected, Six years of the Liberals and they have achieved nothing positive. I've asked people, "what is one good thing done since the Liberals won?" The answer you get is, "ummm Gay marriage?" Then you remind them Scomo refused to vote for it and the Liberals actually did their best to prevent that happening.
That's two elections in a row Labor went ahead with a comprehensive policy platform. In 2016 it was "100 Positive Policies". Both times they failed to get across the line.Putting forward an argument for policies doesn't work in Australia.
So it seems now the only way to win an election in Australia is to say very little and constantly attack the other side. What a sorry state of affairs.
Oh yeah as if the Coalition isn't actively chipping away at Medicare as we speak. Wake up!