Well the ALP conference is over and what great insights have we seen from Bill Shorten’s side of politics? Boat turn-backs, same-sex marriage, 50% renewable energy by 2030, 50% Gender quotas within ALP ranks and a doubling of the humanitarian refugee intake.
Let’s address some of these decisions.
Boat turn-backs is evidence of the ALP’s slow inability to support half way rational policies (as the boat turn-backs is simply the adoption of Liberal Party policy).
Labor announced that if they were voted into government, in the first 100 days they will make same-sex marriage law. Fact is, the current definition of marriage has been trialled by the test of thousands of years across multiple cultures and faiths (which suggests that it would be in our best interests to maintain the definition rather than change it).
In regards to the 50% renewable energy target by 2030, I regrettably heard nothing about amending section 62 of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) Act, so investment in Nuclear technology and Nuclear energy are no longer prohibited. As Australia has the largest known uranium resources in the world, (31% of the world total,) we’d have to be bonkers to not be investing in reactor designs like the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) or Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor, (LFTR) as we have an abundance of Thorium also.
As for the 50% female quotas for ALP candidates within the party ranks, it shoots down the general principle of merit (that the best person for the job, get’s the job). If candidacy will be mandatorily based on a person’s gender rather qualifications, how do Australian’s more broadly feel about that sort of biased selection process?
Another policy position was the doubling of Australia’s humanitarian refugee intake. My question is how do the ALP address an increase in no marketable skills, lack of education and no jobs waiting for them upon arrival?
Food for thought.