There’s just no way she would embrace her actual progressive tendancies when it could potentially result in losing votes to the opposition. Labor can lose all the votes they want to the greens and it will have minimal impact on the election outcome except in a few inner-city seats, but a move for social progressiveness in the current political climate would just result in an election loss.
Of course I’d like same sex marriage, more humane treatment of refugees, environmental policy with substance, but it’s just not going to happen with circumstances as they are. I feel like this is not something a lot of people have grasped, and as such attack the government for their policy failures. Of course governments should be held to account for their failings, but when expressions of a government’s inadequacy to provide social justice means a reduction of left-wing solidarity for the party given the precarious balance the parliament finds itself in and subsequent imminence of an Abbott-led government in the event of an election, is anger and action against the country’s only hope for future social progressiveness really in yours, or the wider left-leaning (and/or Abbott-fearing) public’s best interests?