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30 December 2015
By Matt Hrkac

Labor doesn't seem to learn

...Or at least. Senator Sam Dastyari doesn't seem to learn.

Senator Dastyari decided that it would be a good idea, yet again, to bang on about the issue of tax transparency and about how the Greens are apparently 'treacherous scum' for voting in favour of legislation that improves tax transparency. Of course, this is despite the fact that 95% of those, Labor voters, who called the Greens to complain about this are now voting Greens at the next federal election.

But Senator Dastyari isn't only banging on about this on social media; he is spending it up big time on a billboard campaign:

God forbid the Greens vote against something that Labor refused to negotiate with them on; that was watered down by the Liberals to the point of being utterly ineffective; to something that compensates polluters rather than taxes them.

God forbid that the Greens vote in support of increased tax transparency, while Labor, spitting the dummy because the Greens got something done, are being openly hostile against this legislation.

It is also a bit rich for Labor to be criticising the Greens for voting in support of government legislation; when Labor have voted in support of some of the most draconian legislation that has been put forward by the current government (which I'll compile a list of in a future post). Nevertheless, though, the Young Greens have hit the nail on the head with their response, and their edited version of Labor's billboard:

Given the backlash Sam Dastyari is receiving on his Facebook page over his mudslinging against the Greens, he isn't winning over anybody. He (and indeed Labor too) has opened himself up to a lot of ridicule and quite frankly, he deserves it.

About the author:

Matt Hrkac is a writer and photographer based in Geelong. He has particular interests in politics, elections, social movements and the trade union movement.

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