shorten's call - members not factions!
Open Labor welcomes Bill Shorten’s proposal to make Labor a membership-based, not faction-based, Party. It is the right idea.
Mr Shorten’s moves to open Labor up to more Australians sets Labor on the right course, but the cultural change needed demands that members have even more say than he proposes in selecting candidates.
“Reforms to give ordinary members and supporters a greater role in preselections are steps in the right direction,” Open Labor spokesperson Peta Murphy said today.
But Open Labor believes Mr Shorten’s proposals to give rank and file members more say in selecting candidates must go further if they are to revive party democracy and win back disillusioned supporters.
Read Open Labor's full media release and comment on the new blog post on the Shorten speech at Open Conversation.
To read Bill Shorten's speech Towards a Modern Labor Party, click here.
'open conversation', our blog
Have you visited Open Labor's new blog, Open Conversation? There's lots on it to feed your mind. Emily Millane writes on why Joe Hockey's plan to increase the retirement age won't go nearly far enough to guarantee a secure income for retired and older workers.
Tom Bentley and Rod Glover discuss the book many people are talking about -- Capital in the Twenty-First Century by French economist Thomas Piketty -- and examine why capitalist systems seem to be producing soaring inequality, and what it means for Australia.
Tom also looks at a new report from the British Legatum Institute on why indicators of economic growth alone are not nearly enough to measure human well being. And James Button reports on recent statements by Geoff Gallop, Andrew Giles, Jenny McAllister, John Faulkner and Barry Jones in the ALP reform debate.
alp democracy project
The ALP Democracy Project is a joint initiative by Open Labor, Local Labor, the Independents Group and other supporters of ALP reform to see people from across the party who support democratic reform elected as delegates to Victorian State Conference on May 17-18.
More than 20 supporters of the ALP Democracy Project are likely to have been elected as delegates to the ALP Victorian State Conference. Supporters of the Project have been elected in 17 federal seats. This a small but important step on the road to renewed democracy in the ALP. Thanks to all who participated in the process and congratulations to those elected.
We’ll post a full report once all results are in, but for now, below is a post by former Bracks Government adviser Andrew Herington on the meaning and importance of FEA elections.
what the open labor community thinks
The first Open Labor survey enabled us to learn and share our community's values. The charts below reveal our community's top priorities:
open labor meeting, 29 april, 7.30pm
We're very pleased to tell you that Cath Bowtell, Victorian ALP President, will speak on ALP reform at Open Labor's next meeting: Tuesday April 29, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray, 7.30 to 9pm.
With Labor's shocking -- though sadly not surprising -- result in the WA Senate election, there's a lot of urgent talk about the need to make the ALP more open, democratic, and appealing to Australians.
Bill Shorten will give a major speech on party reform in Melbourne next Tuesday (see details below). But discussion of the need for major reform has been going on for at least 10 years and more. Will there be real change this time, or just more talk?
Cath, who is also a former Senior Industrial Officer of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the federal ALP candidate for Melbourne in 2010 and 2013, is well placed to discuss what might happen in Victoria at the state conference on May 17 and 18, and beyond.
Afterwards two or three members of the Open Labor network will speak briefly on the ALP Democracy Project, which had about 25 supporters elected to state conference, and how Open Labor plans to contribute to the reform debate. Then we'll have an open discussion. It should be a good night and we invite all Open Labor supporters -- not just ALP members -- to come along.
So that we have an idea of numbers, please respond to the invitation here.
Bill Shorten's speech is on Tuesday 22nd April at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, 1.30 to 3pm, hosted by the Per Capita think tank. Former Premier Steve Bracks, a longtime proponent of ALP reform, will chair the event. All welcome, and there will be time to ask questions.
new perspectives - economic inequality
New post from Tom Bentley and Rod Glover
Below is a recent video from Thomas Piketty, discussing the key themes of his new book Capitalism in the 21st Century. This is one of the most significant economic contributions for some time.
Thomas Piketty is a French economist who specialises in the study of economic inequality. Piketty challenges conventional wisdom, bringing together a combination of evidence, theory and philosophy to ask the big questions about how we grow economies and societies that benefit all.
To read why it matters for Australia, visit the new OL post here.
new perspectives - progressive research
Nick Martin - Australian Political Reality
Nick Martin, Chair of the Chifley Research Centre, outlines key market research around the time of the 2013 election.
Nick presented this research as part of the 2013 Progressive Australia Conference in Sydney, hosted by Chifley. It outlines the mood of the Australian community, what has changed and what challenges it presents for progressive politics.
The research is useful for anyone who wants to develop and communicate ideas and strategies that might resonate with the wider Australian community.
in the news - our launch party!
More than 150 people joined us for our Launch Party in Melbourne on 1 December. It was a lively event, as political conversations should be. For those who couldn't make it, we've pulled together some of the highlights from our Open Mic and Vox Pop sections for you below. To see all video from the launch party, click here.