The rise and fall of Labor’s first party professional

Cyril Wyndham, the energetic, reformist outsider, changed forever the way Labor organised itself federally, writes Stephen Mills. And then he paid the price for pursuing an independent line

21 Jul 14 | Comments (0)

What should Labor stand for?

The best way forward for Labor doesn’t fit well with structures inherited from the past, writes Geoff Gallop

04 Jul 14 | Comments (4)

There’s something about Victoria

Paul Rodan looks at Victoria’s stubborn tendency to vote Labor in state and federal elections

30 Jun 14 | Comments (1)

Labor’s history wars roll on

Paralysed leader or bad advice? Stephen Mills reviews a new account of the Rudd–Gillard government and what it says about the party’s future

04 Jun 14 | Comments (5)

Unravelling “Australia’s own McCarthy era”

For years the Labor Party clung to the belief that the defection of Vladimir Petrov was orchestrated by the Menzies government to influence the result of the 1954 election. Jack Waterford looks at what really happened during those remarkable months sixty years ago

30 May 14 | Comments (0)

How it all went wrong

Philip Chubb’s insider account of the demise of Kevin Rudd’s climate scheme is essential reading, says Andrew Dodd

28 May 14 | Comments (1)

When Gough Whitlam helped out with the woodchopping

Poorly judged preselections are a problem for both major parties, writes Paul Rodan, and the electoral implications are becoming clearer

22 May 14 | Comments (4)

In the frontline of the war against boredom

Andrew Dodd reviews Bob Carr’s absorbing and occasionally disturbing account of eighteen months as foreign minister

24 Apr 14 | Comments (0)