From the Tyranny of Distance to the Power of Proximity: Labor’s legacy in terms of trade.

Imagine a country that rarely notices the world beyond its own borders. It’s a country that has double-digit inflation, high unemployment and a poor record of industrial disputation. Industry shelters behind prohibitive tariff walls, the exchange rate is fixed and ‘overseas’ trade is an afterthought. There are few tourists, not many foreign students on university campuses and few ‘foreign’ restaurants. The country, despite its bountiful wealth is at the bottom of the global premiership table in terms of economic performance.

- By Tim Harcourt

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Why I Write About Cricket

In the late 1970s I interviewed CLR James for a London magazine. CLR was living in Brixton and was close to 80. When I met him he was resting in bed, a shock of white hair, listening to the cricket on BBC radio.

By Ric Sissons 

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R2P: Responsibility To Protect

In March 2012, we saw the most active viral social media campaign of all time in the form of KONY 2012, a 27-minute video highlighting atrocities perpetrated in central Africa by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerrilla group led by the notorious Joseph Kony.

By Michael Buckland

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The End of Charity Will Empower People With Disabilities

When the Labor government referred the investigation of a no-fault insurance scheme for disability care and support to the Productivity Commission in 2010, the most significant change for people living with disabilities in several generations was about to take place.

- By Prue Car

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Australia Rising: Challenging Labor to Look Back Then Leap Forward

Labor’s leadership opportunity defined through vision, engagement and action.

- By Marcus Ehrlich

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The Enduring Importance of the Labor Movement

Below is an edited extract of the speech given on 19 February 2013 by Bill Shorten MP, Member for Maribyrnong, Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations to the 2013 Australian Workers’ Union National Conference on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

- By Bill Shorten, MP for Maribyrnong

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Australian Exceptionalism: Why Australian Multiculturalism Works

Book Review: Don’t Go Back to Where You Came

From: Why Multiculturalism Works

Tim Soutphommasane (newsouthbooks, 2012)

By Tim Watts, MP for Gellibrand

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Its Our Future. Let's Fight For It.

“The answer is to rely on youth — not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease. It is a revolutionary world that we all live in; and thus, it is the young people who must take the lead”

Senator Robert Kennedy, Day of Affirmation Address, 1966.

By Dominic Ofner, President of NSW Young Labor

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Councillors In the Spotlight

The Council elections in 2012 were tough for NSW Labor. Voice asked five successful Labor councillors from around the State why they ran and what they learnt from the campaign.

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"Up the Guts"

Anyone who has been near suburban junior rugby league ground recently will hear one expression yelled out a lot by the parents: “up the guts”! For the uninitiated, it’s usually an instruction for the biggest, toughest kid on the team to rumble right up the middle of the field, would-be-tacklers hanging off him.

- By Jim Chalmers, Member for Rankin

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