Even Bob Hawke, a Labor PM worried about the hard left…David Shearer should consider this:
A previously unpublished study reveals former Prime Minister Bob Hawke was concerned that granting self-government in the ACT could result in the election of a left-leaning Labor Government.
His view is canvassed in the report by Michael Brown, senior private secretary to then Territories Minister Gordon Scholes.
“The Prime Minister’s view of self-government was, in Scholes’ opinion, strongly coloured by his view of the ACT branch of the Labor Party,” Mr Brown wrote in a sub-thesis for the ANU.
“Notwithstanding the commitment in the party platform, Hawke found it difficult to get enthused over an idea that had significant budgetary impact, particularly if the likely result was a left-leaning Labor Government in the ACT.
Bob Hawke at one time held a beer sculling record and he still has it: