Sign Our Petition -- Bring The Party Back to the People

Please sign our petition on reforming and opening up the ALP and get your friends to sign it too. A thousand people have signed, including a long list of former senior figures in the party -- see below. We 're chasing signatures right up to ALP National Conference on 24 July. We think it's a statement that Labor leaders and delegates need to read. Please give it your strong support.

A call to change Labor's rules and culture
Please sign our petition on reforming and opening up the ALP and get your friends to sign it too. A thousand people have signed, including a long list of former senior figures in the party -- see below. We 're chasing signatures right up to ALP National Conference on 24 July. We think it's a statement that Labor leaders and delegates need to read. Please give it your strong support.
 


Some signatories


Former Premiers

Carmen Lawrence 
Geoff Gallop
Peter Dowding
John Cain


Former Federal Ministers

John Kerin
Gareth Evans
Michael Duffy
Neal Blewett
Barry Jones

Former Senators

Barney Cooney
Michael Beahan


Former Victorian MPs
Tony Lupton
Glenyys Romanes

Some comments on the petition

Geoff Gallop: The people want and are waiting for ALP to reform!

John Cain: I endorse the views set out in your statement. Strong positive action is required.

John Kerin: Political Parties need to adjust to the rapid changes in societies and always be seen to contemporarily relevant. We cannot live on our history or our past great successes. We now need to reform and restructure- and we have the wit to do it if our leaders understand this has become essential.

Neal Blewett: I have supported democratic reform of the ALP all my life. Forty years ago I part-authored a report which recommended to the National Conference that all federal electorate councils elect a delegate to National Conference 

Barry Jones: I am signing because I want to see the ALP as a democratic organisation, not an oligarchy, and i want it t0 be courageous, not cowardly. The ALP has not won a single debate on a contested issue since Work Choices in 2007.

Tony Lupton (former Victorian state MLA): We don't just need to Labor to be electable. We need Labor governments to be the best governments we can aspire to. With representatives that party members have genuinely selected, with policies based on real community needs and with the ability to effectively implement them and govern for the long term. These changes would go some way to achieving these aims.

John Langmore (Former Federal member in ACT): It is vital to the authority and credibility of Labor that it become a democratic and equitable party.  


David Epstein (chief of staff to Kevin Rudd when he was PM): We live in a modern, liberal democratic society. If the ALP wishes to play a role in leading our society and contibute to shaping Australia's future it must transfirm itself into a modern, liberal democratic organisation. Today's ALP must transform itself.