Just as John Howard pitched to the right to attract One Nation voters, Australia’s Scott Morrison is cravenly trying to win over far-right voters today. The danger is that the tactic will backfire, fracturing the Coalition and encouraging a far-right movement.
Lisbeth Latham is an Australian trans feminist and union activist who writes on the lands of the Wurrundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. She has written articles for Green Left Weekly, the Irish Broad Left, Labor Notes, and Overland, and curates the website Revitalising Labour.
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