Originally published in The Canberra Times on March 30, 2013

Labor’s problem is not so much what it stands for but what does it stand against. Tony Abbott is against the carbon tax, the Greens are against the big mining companies and Nick Xenophon is against pokies but Labor is against, drum roll please, the Liberals. I know, I know, the ALP has passed lots of legislation and Julia Gillard is a great negotiator but that message clearly isn’t winning any votes, and why would it? Listening to the ALP talk up its legislative record is like listening to a 25-year-old telling you about how great their marks were in year 12. Who cares.

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