Labor’s persuasion problem

Was the Gillard government more competent than its critics repeatedly claimed? Frank Bongiorno reviews a new appraisal

09 Sep 14 | Comments (2)

Labor, the Coalition and the problem of political identity

Labor and the Coalition are caught between vying for the middle ground and differentiating themselves in the political marketplace. Behind it all, there’s one vital difference, writes Norman Abjorensen

12 Aug 14 | Comments (6)

The winter of Senator Faulkner’s discontent

Tradition triumphed once again at the weekend’s state Labor Party conference in Sydney, writes Brett Evans.

29 Jul 14 | Comments (2)

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)