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James Button. A Moment of Unexpected Hope

From the local Labor journal, Grassroots – Party Reform, Past, Present and Future. This should be a moment of unexpected hope for the ALP. Remarkable election wins in Victoria and Queensland, theopinion polls tracking well, another Liberal Government exposed as … Continue reading

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Race Mathews. ‘Let us now begin’

A local Labor journal Grassroots, has been advocating reform of the ALP to ’empower members, branches and communities’. With the ALP Federal Conference on July 24-26 I will be posting three articles on party reform ‘past, present and future’. I … Continue reading

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John Faulkner. Gough Whitlam – Academy awards and Passiona!

At the ALP Caucus today John Faulkner spoke movingly of Gough Whitlam as a towering figure in the ALP. The link to his speech follows: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/edward-gough-whitlam-labor-party-caucus-condolence-motion-20141021-119b4y.html John Menadue

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Let’s hope Albo runs and wins. John Menadue

The ALP needs a ballot for its parliamentary leadership even if it takes a month or so to do so. It will be time well spent. It needs to find the right leader and continue the process of democratisation that … Continue reading

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Julia Gillard’s greatest failure. John Menadue

The Prime Minister’s greatest failure is her refusal to lead the reform of the structure of the ALP. That structure is controlled by a handful of faction and union bosses like Paul Howes. In return for protecting their positions, they … Continue reading

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The post-September struggle. Guest blogger: Red Pimpernel

As the Labor Party lurches to a blistering defeat in September there is a lot of work going on to reframe it as a democratic and progressive organisation. Those that seriously believe in the ALP as a 21st century social … Continue reading

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Nova Peris and the Captain’s pick

Julia Gillard’s action in parachuting Nova Peris into the Northern Territory senate seat  is understandable. The ALP machinery is so decrepit and undemocratic that occasional use of power by the  parliamentary leader  is necessary. Party members have left the ALP … Continue reading

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