Former Labor Prime Ministers Gough Whitlam and Paul Keating.

By Warren Nunn

2 The confusion  | 3 The tension4 My vote | 5 Policy problems | 6 Handouts | 7 The needy |  8 Too much? |  9 The truth? |  10 The dissenters |  11 Intolerance | 12 Few decide

No 4: Previously I wrote about how I struggled between objective journalism and casting a ballot.

Why I always used to vote Labor

Now, to my voting history which was influenced by my staunch ALP father who worked and died for Queensland Railways.

One of the first political statements I recall him making was to do with the Democratic Labor Party which split from the Australian Labor Party in 1955. I can still see him spitting out the words, “Dirty Labor Party”.

I assumed from his attitude that any departure from ALP values was unacceptable and the DLP were truly on the nose.

When eventually I started voting, I automatically supported Labor candidates. I thought Gough Whitlam was the nation’s great savior … until Paul Keating came along.

Keating’s reforms set our economy up for where we are today. We owe him and his team a great deal of thanks.

Disclaimer: I may not have accurately reflected Keating’s reforms but that’s how I believe they helped the nation.

I mischievously refer to Keating as Australia’s greatest Liberal Prime Minister. That would shock some Labor voters.

So, during the 1970s and 1980s and into the 1990s I always voted Labor. But then my worldview changed and I started to more deeply consider Labor policies.

Next: Policy problems.