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)

Labor’s Green opportunity

Labor’s combative relationship with the Greens reflects its failure to develop a genuine counter-narrative to the Coalition worldview, argues Dennis Altman

13 Feb 14 | Comments (1)

Whitlam, the 1960s and the program

The cyclones of the late 1960s and early 1970s didn’t shape the Whitlam government as much as gentler breezes that began blowing in the 1950s and early 1960s, writes Frank Bongiorno in this extract from The Whitlam Legacy

16 Dec 13 | Comments (2)

A rum rebellion

How did an unelected campaign consultant come to exercise such influence over Labor’s 2013 campaign, asks Stephen Mills

28 Nov 13 | Comments (1)

How a forty-year-old proposal became a movement for change

Amid the often-protracted policy debates of the Rudd and Gillard years, DisabilityCare is widely seen as Labor’s most popular and effectively managed reform. The story begins during the Whitlam years, writes Mike Steketee, and takes in a highly effective community campaign

22 Oct 13 | Comments (8)

Winners and losers

PODCAST | Bill Shorten discusses Labor factions, parliamentary career paths, and winners and losers in this interview with Peter Mares recorded in 2006

14 Oct 13 | Comments (0)

A peace that passeth (almost) all understanding

The Labor leadership contest might have annoyed some factional warlords, but it’s helped the party to avoid messy post-election recriminations, writes Frank Bongiorno

10 Oct 13 | Comments (2)