[Marxism] Why did Turnbull dump the proposed GST increase?

Gary MacLennan gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 10 16:21:06 MST 2016


John wrote

"It was our basic class gut instincts that stopped Malcolm Turnbull
bringing home the GST bacon for his class."

I agree totally with this, and in itself the reaction of the workers is
worth considering.  the First Budget of the right wing Coalition government
was rejected though the opinion polls.  this rejection stayed the course
for two years until the change in leadership of the Coalition Government.

Class rejectionism retreated and the Coalition government surged in the
polls.  But a return to a GST to fund tax cuts for the wealthy was too much
and class rejectionism looked set to return to centre stage. that spooked
Turnbull and he retreated.

But the problems of funding education and health services remains. And it
is the cuts in these areas that will mean that the class once more will
need to become active.

But all this happens in a very Australian way.  Compulsory voting in
Australia erodes the apathy that the ruling classes in USA and the UK
depend on so much. Correspondingly electoralism seems so much more
powerful.  What is so needed is a transition from class rejectionism in the
opinion polls to rejectionism in the streets.

comradely

Gary

On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 4:52 AM, John Passant via Marxism <
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