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Civilisationists Down Under II.

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Submitted by Reynald de Chatillon (United States), Nov 9, 2018 at 23:20

There have been further developments since my last comments. It was announced a few days ago that former Australian Labor Party (ALP) leader, Mark Latham, has joined Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party. Mark Latham led the ALP from 2003 to 2004, before being defeated by John Howard's conservative coalition in 2004.

Since then, the ALP, like the Democrats in the US, has drifted further to the left, thus alienating it's traditional constituency (ie, blue collar workers, tradesmen), becoming more focused on fringe issues such as identity politics, political correctness. Mark Latham grew increasingly disillusioned with the ALP, lamenting the increasingly anti-Israeli rhetoric emanating from his old party. He reasoned that the role model of the ALP should be the successful governments of Bob Hawke and Paul Keating (1983-1996). Today's ALP tends to look to the anti-Semitic Jeremy Corbyn for inspiration.

The addition of Mark Latham, with his immense experience, to the ranks of One Nation, bodes well for this "civilisationist" party at the next elections, due early next year.

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