I am unimpressed by the attacks on Dr John Buchanan by politicians and right-wing commentators such as Janet Albrechtson in The Australian. It is irrelevant from the point of view of assessing his criticisms of the current industrial relations system whether he is a partisan, socialist supporter of the ALP of not.
In the Australian community about half the population vote for the ALP and half for the Coalition parties. It is not a criminal offence to vote Labor and, although Buchanon seems to show a certain amount of naiveté, (a revealing speech he gave is here) the substance of his academic research needs to be attacked not his private political views. I feel much the same about general criticisms of the ABC on the grounds of left wing bias – sometimes it’s ‘the government oughta’ attitudes does irritate me but, on the whole, the ABC does a good job of providing information and quality programming. Whether or not Kerry O’Brien is a Labor supporter or not is irrelevant – he is a capable interviewer and delivers an interesting, informative output.
As I have argued before one needs to look at outcomes not motives. The academic work of Buchanan can and should be attacked – I criticised it here - but let us forget about his politics.