Labor laying the groundwork for a 2016 tilt?

A pre-election flurry of legislation from Labor will protect the key interests of Labor supporters, particularly the unions. The new rules would make life difficult for a Coalition government.

In the government leadership wrangle the big left-wing unions are the elephants in the room. In the current crisis they are essential to the ALP. While Julia Gillard may be unpopular in the opinion polls she is a union hero because in the final weeks of the parliament she is delivering for the unions close to their ultimate wish list. The government's final actions suggest its agenda is to pass legislation aimed at making life so tough for Tony Abbott that (unless the coalition wins Senate control) he will fail, so engineering a big swing against the Coalition in the 2016 election — what ever the outcome of the 2013 election.

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