The Australian Labor Party’s Official Election Review Learns All the Wrong Lessons

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Labor MP Bill Shorten puts a question to the Government during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House on November 25, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. Australian spy agency ASIO is investigating reports China tried to plant an operative as an MP in a seat in Federal Parliament. Fairfax Media and Channel Nine's 60 Minutes reported over the weekend that Chinese intelligence agents offered a million dollars to pay for the political campaign of Liberal Party member Bo “Nick” Zhao, to run for a Melbourne seat. Nick Zhao was found dead in a Melbourne hotel room shortly after approaching ASIO about the offer, with his cause of death still unknown. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

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I am published over in Jacobin writing about the Australian Labor Party’s official election review:

Worse, there is no pursing the middle ground on the climate crisis. The stakes, both politically and environmentally, are too high. The habitability of our planet is not a voting constituency to be weighed up against another. When Shorten endorsed the false opposition between workers’ interests and the environment, he showed that he doesn’t understand this.

However, the dilemma only applies within a neoliberal worldview. It also risks accelerating the rapid growth of far-right parties who win votes whenever environmental reforms are seen to lower living standards.

By contrast, the proposal for a Green New Deal radically and popularly connects improved livelihoods with protecting the environment. The only problem is that endorsing policies like these would require a break with neoliberalism.