TONY LEON: Constitution requires DA to take a nonracial stance
There is no evidence the party will lose votes because it has made clear a more liberal vision for addressing disadvantage
Tolstoy, observing a tree, reminds us that “the leaves enchant us more than the roots”. In the gale of commentary that gusted after the DA’s recent policy reset, the party appears to have caught some high winds of disapproval.
This is surprising for at least two obvious reasons. Neither of these were articulated in the many negative public comments that followed the party’s decision to explicitly endorse nonracialism and embrace redress policies premised on “the rejection of race as a way to categorise and treat people, particularly in legislation”.