Open Labor is discussing Party reform following six proposed areas. The areas outlined below are in first draft form and will evolve. Please contribute.
▪ cleaning up the member roll measures to stop branch stacking
▪ new independent forms of scrutiny, including Ombudsman appointment, ongoing audits and Disputes Tribunal secret ballots.
▪ commitment to clear and transparent party communications to members, including communication of all important decisions, and how members can get more involved in party affairs
▪ holding of ALP AGM
▪ provision of essential operating materials and information to Branches.
▪ how to ensure the competent and fair functioning of:head office the Administrative Committee (should the number of members be reduced or stay at 33) and other key committees State Conference.
▪ role of ordinary members in preselecting candidates for public office
▪ role of members in determining policy.
▪ future of local branches (status quo or one branch per state or federal electorate? Or community branches not limited by ever changing state or federal boundaries)
▪ role of affiliated trade unionists (and non-affiliated?) in party processes and decisions.
▪ how to ensure that the party selects the best candidates for public office
▪ how to effectively prepare and train these potential candidates for public office
▪ the role of Local Government in this process
▪ building incentives/requirements into party processes so that potential candidates learn how to argue a case in public, and connect with voters
▪ training ordinary members to be more effective activists (role of Labor Academy)
▪ requiring every new member to attend an induction
▪ role of groups like LEAN, Rainbow Labor, etc.
▪ development of a strategy for recruitment and growth, including how to reconnect with traditional Labor voters, build ties with minority communities, and attract new supporters
▪ establishment of ongoing capacity within the party to debate and develop proposals for reform that will lead to a larger, broader-based party.