'The Standard' said they've been "impressed with Labour parties on both sides of the ditch lately".
Both parties are advocating new taxes - a Capital Gains Tax here, & a Carbon Tax in Australia. The centre-left parties have something else in common - they're both tanking in the polls at historically low proportions. In Australia, the Governing Labor party's primary vote is at 26%. In New Zealand the Labour party in opposition is at 27%.
You've only got to watch this video of Julia Gillard on the beat to understand why she's tanking.
Obviously The Standard is bias to the left (if not a Labour party mouthpiece), but this really calls into question The Standard's political acumen or lack of & their ability to make any sort of reasoned political analyses.