Feeling let down by policies

Katia Lallo did not think twice about voting for Julia Gillard’s party in 2010.

She admired Ms Gillard’s strong leadership skills and was looking forward to Labor taking a stance on climate change, Aboriginal rights and other progressive issues.

The Preston resident had just finished an undergraduate degree in political science and was working on the campaign for Steven Hurd, a blind Labor candidate in the safe Liberal seat of Kooyong.

”She exemplified a leader I liked. She seemed like a really strong woman who had put up with a lot of criticism for being a woman and always responded to that criticism.” But the 27-year-old’s relationship with the Labor Party soon began to sour.

”I couldn’t pinpoint a moment. It was gradual. It was each policy that was watered down and each piece of legislation that went through.”

The law student is among thousands of young voters aged 25 to 39 who once made up the Prime Minister’s core support groups but have become increasingly disillusioned.

”I was really disappointed by the fact that the whole party went against gay marriage, I was also disappointed by the Malaysia solution and happy when the High Court challenge found it invalid.”

She plans to vote for the Greens in both the lower and upper house at the federal election. ”Asylum seekers, climate change and the rights of Aboriginal people are the big issues for me. These are the issues the Labor Party is not standing up for. It seems the party is a bit lost and doesn’t have a policy direction.”

She said the Greens have become a much more legitimate and professional force. ”Their values are more closely aligned with mine.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.