Australia is about to veer far to the left.
While economic policy will remain fairly moderate, foreign policy, education, indigenous affairs, environmental matters and social relations, will all take a socialist turn.
While the Australian Communist Party is small and it’s union influence comparitively limited, the far left is still powerful.
The Australian Labor party has several factions, many of which such as Socialist Left are rooted in the union movement.
Many of these socialists came to the ALP from Marxist-Leninism as the old CP disintegrated in the “70s and “80s sending hundreds of its former cadre into Labor.
I have already posted about the far left background of Australian deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
A Canadian blogger, adds his comments on the far left influence in the new Australian government;
Special Minister of State John Faulkner, for example, leads the Socialist Left, a far-left faction in the ALP.
The Socialist Left is also represented in Rudd’s cabinet by Minister for Finance and Deregulation Lindsay Tanner; Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Anthony Albanese; Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Christopher Evans; Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin (a self-avowed Marxist in her youth); and Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Kim Carr (“Kim Il-Carr).
OUATITW also quotes the Communist Party USA’s theoretical journal Political Affairs;
It is predicted that three-fourths of the ministers in the new Rudd Government in Australia will be trade unionists. Amazin!
This came from the fact that the single most unpopular part of the Howard government was its draconian Industrial Relations policies.
Also, a main focus will be focus on the educational programs that essentially destroyed the teaching profession in Australia. It seems like right wing government, like Howard’s idol, Geo Bush, [NYC Mayor Bloomberg not a distant 3rd] focus on destroying the ability of young people to think for themselves. This area will be a top priority for Rudd and the teachers unions.
The ACT, Australian Council of Trade Unions, will have in the drivers seat in these early days of the Rudd government.