/ 25 May 2021

Labor takes a walk though the hall of mirrors

Federal Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon has warned his party risks going “the way of the Kodak brand” over its policies for blue-collar workers. As the member for Hunter in NSW, Fitzgibbon represents the area that saw a state by-election on Saturday that delivered a sharp swing against Labor. And yesterday, he said he will quit if the party doesn’t “wake up to itself”. “Federally, if Labor can’t persuade not just mine workers but everyone in those regions whose jobs are dependent on mining that we stand with them, you can expect a similar result whenever Scott Morrison goes to the polls,” he said. Labor leader Anthony Albanese says some perspective is required on the by-election’s result as it has not been held by Labor for more than 90 years, and the party has seen good results at the polls in the mining-heavy states of Western Oz and Queensland. Meanwhile, NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay is fighting to hold onto her job

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