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Labor Tribalism – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 16th, 2012 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Politics, Power, War

Like a true Labor tribesman, Kelty was deeply attached to the traditions of the clan—including the traditions of loyalty to friends and savagery to enemies. I said to him once that all Paul Keating’s worst enemies seemed to be former friends. He reflected for a moment or two and replied that it was much the same with him. He told me how twenty years after he left La Trobe University, he was sitting at a dinner in a Melbourne hotel banquet room. The man beside him introduced himself. The name was the same as the one on the monthly government letters Kelty had received as a student on deferment from conscription. He asked the man if he had ever worked in the old Department of Labor and National Service. It happened that he had. Kelty told the man that one of them would have to leave. The man left. Until then I did not know that Bill Kelty had been conscripted, or that when he had finished his studies he went to court and acting as his own counsel proved himself a conscientious objector.

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