For over a century the ALP has fought for changes that have made Australia a better society. Open Labor believes the ALP is at its best when it is prepared to debate and tackle the big issues, and to draw on the wisdom, knowledge and experience of all its members.
It is time to get Labor back to its best.
Open Labor was formed in 2013 to promote the renewal of the Australian Labor Party and a more open, democratic and optimistic politics. This is our new website, a place where ALP members and supporters can access and take part in debates about the future of our party, in order to help change it, and get it back to our best.
Open Labor is non-aligned, and works with the Independents on various campaigns, but we also welcome contributions from members of Left and Right factions – anyone committed to a more democratic ALP.
The 2020 Federal Executive intervention into the Victorian Labor, and the appointment of party elders Steve Bracks and Jenny Macklin to run the party for six months and make recommendations to the ALP National Executive about long-term reform, provide a critical opportunity to revitalise the party and strengthen members participation, so that we can flourish and advance the cause of progressive politics.
There is a strengthening world-wide movement towards a more progressive and decent politics, driven by rejection of the failures of neo-liberal economics, and the need to address income inequality, climate change, the future of work and human well-being, the impact of globalisation and the new digital economy.
The Australian Labor Party is critical to creating a better future for Australia based on these principles. No other party can do it. But in order to do so it needs to be a party with integrity, that values its members, is democratic, well run, and committed to both bringing in traditional Labor supporters and creating new ones in order to grow.
We have no illusions about the size of the task, but we know most party members and supporters want change – a party open to new people, ideas and methods, more democratic, more optimistic and better connected with its members, supporters and the public.
This is the start of the discussion. Open Labor’s first submission is here ….
And we want you to participate. So stay tuned.