"I'm With The NSW Right"

That bold, and sometimes provocative, statement used to be a badge of honour in the national political environment. It might not have had the same historical resonance as “Ich Bin Ein Berliner”, or “Civis Romanus Sum” but it did sum up well the tribal pride associated with being a part of the strongest and most successful arm of the Australian Labor Party.

- By Chris Brown

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Labor & Medicare

If the Australian Labor Party were a company, its board of directors would be seriously looking at themselves and their strategic plan. The glory days of 2007, when the ALP formed every national, state and territorial Australian government, are long gone. Its market share has collapsed, its sales force is confused and demoralised, and its new product offerings at best misunderstood or underappreciated by its once-faithful customers. All polling indicates that the ALP core vote has now shrunk to something less than 30 percent on average, and in some key demographics and regions to much less than that.

- By Bill Bowtell

 

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Now Is The Time For Infrastructure Investment In Western Sydney

Growing up in Seven Hills over 20 years ago, I vividly recall announcements by the Liberal Premier of the day of new land releases in Sydney’s North-West. I didn’t understand what this meant until I saw the masses of new brick houses sprouting in areas I once knew as bush and farmland, seemingly overnight.

- By Michelle Rowland MP

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Gough Whitlam and NSW Labor

Gough Whitlam was a product of NSW Labor, every bit as much as Ben Chifley or Neville Wran, Paul Keating or Bob Carr. The history, character and structures of NSW Labor influenced his whole career.

- By Graham Freudenberg

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And So It Goes...

 

At 5pm on Saturday October 30, when airborne Qantas pilots were told to set down their craft and disgorge all their international passengers – some on the way to funerals, or family reunions, or once-in-a-lifetime cruises, or the Melbourne Cup – on the nearest big tarmac, and Tony Abbott said it was Julia Gillard’s fault, and refused to blame for even half a subclause Alan Joyce, the game was lost for the Liberals, perhaps for good and all, in even Queensland, reft now by Katter’s party, next year.

- By Bob Ellis 

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6 Policy Ideas For Labor

Ideas are the lifeblood of our movement. Policy conversations need to be encouraged, not muted, at all levels of the Party. The policy snapshots that follow are designed to stimulate discussion in our Party.

 

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Those Who Bargain Collectively Should Travel Collectively

If Labor is to be the Party of the people, then it should also be the Party of public transport. After all, it makes sense that the Party which champions the rights of people to bargain collectively should also be the party which enables people to travel collectively. The relationship between Labor and public transport, however, has too often been characterised by mutual indifference. For its part, the public transport sector as a whole has failed to engage with either side of politics. So it’s hardly surprising that for the past 50 years investment in rail infrastructure has been dwarfed by investment in roads.

- By Alex Claasens

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Aged Care: Meeting the Workforce Challenge

The Australian population is ageing. Current estimates suggest that, by 2050, Australia’s population will be approaching 36 million, with 22.5 percent over 65 years of age. The social and economic implications of this demographic change are profound. In a period when the general labour market will suffer an aged induced tightening, the aged care workforce will be required to at least double. Workforce growth of that scale calls into question the sustainability of the sector itself.

- By Dr Sarah Kaine

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Our Housing System Must Be Reformed

The way Governments provide social and affordable housing is in need of major reform or the system will eventually collapse.

- By Mark Arbib

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" I'm Going to Do This My Way"

Approaching the first anniversary of his election as Labour leader, a confident Ed Miliband tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell from Progress in the United Kingdom, how he is occupying Britain’s new centreground and why he is following his own instincts.

- Article originally published in UK Magazine Progress

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