Open Labor

We are a group of people who seek renewal of the Australian Labor Party and a more open, optimistic and decent politics in Australia.    

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Oct 19, 2016

Albanese criticises Shorten for side-stepping rank and file voice in Senate preselection

From Katharine Murphy in The Guardian: Labor left powerbroker Anthony Albanese has publicly slapped down an insurgency in the Victorian left, and has delicately criticised Bill Shorten’s decision to parachute in a longtime ally, Kimberley Kitching, to replace Stephen Conroy in the Senate.  Read the full story here.

Sep 30, 2016

Unions and the ALP

Mike Seccomb from The Saturday Paper argues that plotters are using the labour movement as a means to amass power, and a result unions have become vulnerable to rorting and the erosion of workers’ rights.  You can read the rest of the piece here: https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/ir/2016/09/24/unions-poisoned-alp-affiliation/14746392003779

Aug 25, 2016

Inequality hurts economic growth

A growing body of evidence around the world suggests that inequality hurts economic growth. A new report from Labor's Chifley Research Centre finds that inequality rose in Australia in recent years, with damaging economic consequences. A link to the report is here.  Alternatively, you can read the Guardian's take here.