Tag Archives: Australian Labor Party

Against the Plebiscite

Poor old Malcolm in the middle. He’s stuck between his quickly evaporating conscience and the conservative base of the Liberal Party. Too clever by half, he thought sticking with the proposed same sex marriage plebiscite (an official poll of all citizens on the question of same sex marriage) would enable him to successfully walk the […]

The 2014 Victorian Election

Victoria is a state that has been and continues to be further to the Left of the political spectrum than other Australian states. This is largely attributable to (a) Victoria’s historically industrial/manufacturing economy and (b) heavy urbanisation, contributing to an inner-city little ‘l’ liberalism. The duality of industrial and progressive elements are stronger here than […]

Gough Whitlam – The Greatest Australian

Yesterday when I told a colleague that I was upset about the passing of Gough Whitlam, it was pointed out to me that I was not even alive when he was Prime Minister. This, of course, is true. Nonetheless, I write this article to express why his death saddens me so. I may not have […]

Abbott’s radical manifesto.

Well today is May Day. International Workers Day. It has been a long time in Australia since May Day has served as an actual call to arms, but today is that day. Today May Day reminds us of how important Labor governments are. Today May Day reminds us how working people must organise and fight […]

Social Media and Politics

In recent years, technology has continued to take over. Every few months there seems to be the latest iPhone released, iPhone 5 or 6 or 6s, who can keep up?? I, of course, am not denying that I am any different, being a 21 year old having grown up in Melbourne’s inner north. In fact, […]

Voting Greens and the Moral Philosophy of Voting (Why I won’t vote Greens but why I can’t blame you for doing so)

In recent months and years I have heard many good left wing people say they just can’t in good conscience vote for the Labor party anymore (and hence will vote Greens). I don’t personally hold this view, but in this article I want to say that I understand this position. I understand because what’s right […]

Why left wing people should join/remain in the ALP

A workers’ party without popular support is a phantom and a body without a head. Socialism and/or social democracy cannot be implemented democratically without a workers’ party with mass popular support.  This is, amongst other reasons why I will never leave Labor for organisations such as Socialist Alliance and Socialist Alternative. The Australian Labor Party […]

In economics we should do what works, and austerity doesn’t.

Economics is often said to be more of an art than a science. This is because, unlike in the sciences, it is very hard to draw solid conclusions from empirical data. This might be the case; nonetheless you’d be stupid not to try and draw some conclusions from the experiences of others. And when we look at […]

‘A childless, atheist, ex-communist’: the downfall of our unconventional Prime Minister (Part One)

In the midst of Kevin Rudd’s first dramatic attempt to re-take the Prime Ministership in May 2011, the then Minister for Women, and staunch Gillard supporter, Kate Ellis, broke onto the front pages with a startling accusation. She claimed that she had overheard the former Prime Minister describe Julia Gillard as a ‘childless, atheist ex-communist’ […]

Rudd’s reforms just the beginning

This week Kevin Rudd announced that individual members of the ALP would be entitled to a direct say in the election of future party leaders under proposed reforms put forward to the Labor caucus. The change has been presented to draw clear line in the sand from the previous three years in which the Federal […]