Federal Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has admitted his party had got it wrong during this year’s federal election, while Young Labor members responded positively towards the review.
The comprehensive response comes following the Labor Party’s shock election loss, despite major polling indicated that Labor would won the federal election back in May.
During his address to the National Press Club, he said that “too many people were confused or even frightened by our policies or didn’t trust us to implement them and we failed to present a clear and concise narrative which explained an optimistic sense of what our country could become.”
He also admitted that the moral image of his party is poor and is determined to restore the respect and trust of his party.
The Labor Party’s internal report also concluded that low income voters swung against Labor, former leader Bill Shorten’s unpopularity, confusion on campaign announcements, and Clive Palmer’s 60 million dollar campaign.
The report led by South Australia Former Premier Jay Weatherall recommended that Labor should position itself as a party of economic growth and job creation, abandon divisive rhetoric, including references to “the big end of town”, focus on fewer target seats and achieve greater gender diversity in it’s campaign teams.
Jess Cunnold a young Labor Party member praised the report as being really positive and a good roadmap for the future.
He also urged young Labor members to keep learning rebuild and position better for the next election.
“From the discussions have had the report has been really positive. People have seen through it, read it and thought these are good options and a road map for the future,” he said.
“Winning elections is tough and we have to sell our simple message to people and tell them what Labor is fundamentally about. It’s about jobs, our healthcare system, a quality education system.”
Meanwhile political expert Dr Ian Cook urges Labor to make a better compromise between the interests of younger and older people.
“We’ve got to move out of this opposition of interest and provide for these other people instead of just sacrifice them,” Dr Cook said.