by Frank BelletNews Weekly
Letters: True ALP position
, February 23, 2002
Simon Crean’s "softening" of Labor’s stance on illegal migrants will confirm the belief in the electorate that the ALP was half-hearted about its me-too approach on this matter, going into the last federal election.
The luke-warm applause for Kim Beazley on this subject, in his policy speech, would not have gone unnoticed by voters and subsequent statements by senior parliamentary representatives, such as Carmen Lawrence, would reinforce the belief that, once elected, Labor would have reversed the policy.
Governments or Oppositions don’t win elections - they lose them, and this doubt about Labor helped lose the election for them.Frank Bellet,