Mr Keating backed Senator Keneally as the best candidate for the electorate of Fowler in western Sydney, saying she had proven her ability to advocate for working people and defend Labor values.
“What western Sydney needs is someone with this ability – an ability to garner or eke out a bigger share of the national income, because people in western Sydney live on the ebb and flow of the economy.
“Broadly, they don’t have capital, they have nothing to sell but their time, and therefore public policy – whether it be in wages, in health, in education – materially matter to their quality of life, particularly now with COVID.
“Local candidates may be genuine and well-meaning but they would take years to scramble to her level of executive ability – if they can ever get there at all.”
What the tone-deaf old man is saying is that Fowler is – and should remain – a Labor ghetto whose residents’ only hope is the charity laid on by a white extortionist.