An ideological war will ravage Australia

A grand compact between unions and business is needed to usher in the economy's structural transformation, but such long-term vision is likely to be a casualty of ideological warfare.

Very different political battles are being fought on either side of the Pacific -- something the left of Australian politics has failed to grasp.

Yet if Labor, the Greens and the unions fail to understand the real situation, it's quite possible that they will win their local battles, but utterly lose the war for the nation.

To see why, we first need look east across the water.

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