The remark about being willing to burn the town to save it seems particularly interesting relative to the struggles inside the Labour party.
One commenter raises the influence of Farage and I think it does highlight some dynamics.
The government involvement came only as cheerleading and facilitation. The Hawke government was pushing through various economic liberalising measures, which was causing upheaval. But they weren't following an austerity policy. In fact they increased unemployment benefits during the transition, even though unemployment was up at 10%+.
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I was also put off from the first sentence as "Red Indian" is an offensive term on par with the controversial "Redskins". Best to stick with the new "Native American" or older "American Indian".---
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