The Australian Labor Party is languishing in the very low 30's in all the latest polls of voter's voting preferences. Unfortunately they seem to believe that carrying much the same as they have been will, by some miracle, get them out of a mess of their own making.
It is my opinion that they have totally lost contact with the feelings, aspirations and motivations of most of the Australian public. They keep speaking about their Labor Values; well times have changed we are no longer living in or under the conditions that prevailed back in the 50's or 60's. Working conditions and the very type of work carried out have changed dramatically. Blue collar work has mostly shifted to the mining areas and manufacturing has rapidly declined. Many new jobs have been created in the IT, tourist and service areas. Membership of trade unions has sharply declined.
The traditional base of the Labor Party has shrunk and to survive the Party needs to change to appeal to a broader spectrum of Australians or it is in danger of losing relevance entirely.