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Lindsay Tanner on Labor's 'bleakness'

Posted by: 2UE | 26 September, 2012 - 8:12 AM
Lindsay Tanner criticises the Labor Party's direction

A former Labor powerbroker has delivered a scathing assessment of the party - claiming it's lost its purpose and soul.

Ex finance minister Lindsay Tanner has labelled the party an electoral machine that is on the brink of 'unprecedented bleakness'.

In a series of essays due for release, Mr Tanner argues the ALP has lost its way since dumping Kevin Rudd as leader.

Stuart Bocking speaks with Lindsay Tanner about his comments about the Labor Party. He says the longer term future of the Labor Party are being ignored from within and the pro-active trends of Labor have withered on the vine.



But Prime Minister Julia Gillard has dismissed the claims, insisting the party is full of purpose.

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Mr Tanner has accused the party of becomming an electoral machine since dumping Kevin Rudd as leader, in what he's labelled a big mistake.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says it shows the party is so desperate to stay in power, it's lost everything it stands for.


Lindsay Tanner is standing by his comments the party has lost its direction and soul.

Mr Tanner has accused the party of becomming an electoral machine since dumping Kevin Rudd as leader, in what he's labelled a big mistake.

He's told the ABC he maintains the ALP is on the brink of 'unprecedented bleakness' saying its policies are motivated by politics and not internal beliefs.


Foreign Minister Bob Carr has unloaded on former Labor frontbencher Lindsay Tanner, who has accused the party of losing its soul and direction.

Mr Tanner has used his new book to claim the ALP has turned into an 'electoral machine' since dumping Kevin Rudd as leader.

But Senator Carr says he's tired of people sniping from the sidelines.


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Blog comments Your Say

  • It is a good thing that retired politicians speak their mind regardless of party affinities. Tanner must be praised for this. We should also praise Malcolm Fraser - one of the better Liberal PMs of this country - for speaking frankly about his party too. And Turnbull should get extra praise for scrutinising his party while actively serving under it. Not many politicians, particularly on the Lieberal side, have had the courage to do so.

    Terrence Sunday 30 September, 2012 - 12:24 PM
  • Tanner has only just realised Labor has lost the plot , was he not involved in all the descisions that affect us now? That they sold the soul of our country to the UN and introduced a carbon tax that only right thinking people know is an absolute rought? That Australia is now a Corporation on the US sec, along with every state and territory. Let him really tell us the truth on what this Government has been able to acheive to keep it's UN masters happy.

    Craig Friday 28 September, 2012 - 8:40 PM
  • Bitch away Tanner, might improve book sales

    Peter Thursday 27 September, 2012 - 11:59 AM
  • The labor party is in my firm opinion supported by everyone I speak with is now the utterly defunct party that should not be given the mantle of government anywhere in this country until it replaces all of its knuckleheaded politicians with appropriate right thinking, well educated people who have clear integrity, have had real life experiences such as managed their own business and have employed and trained their staffs. Until then, it is a party that ought to be abolished! I rest my case.

    Samuel J James Wednesday 26 September, 2012 - 10:53 AM
  • What Tanner is saying is that there is no Public Service in the Labor Party any more. It is now singularly about each individual personal career longevity. Which everyone is painfully aware after Craig Thompsons utter protection.

    Coasty Wednesday 26 September, 2012 - 8:54 AM

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