Jennifer Beacham, Daylesford branch member in the Ballarat FEA and a former ALP State Secretary in the early '90s, is currently finishing her PhD on the History of the Ballarat Trades Hall. She sent Open Labor her submission to the Administrators. She writes: Farming has often been discussed in … [Read more...] about The road to reforming Labor runs through the trade unions
Guest articles on reform
Max Ogden, retired union official and ACTU Industrial Officer writes to Administrators Jenny Macklin and Steve Bracks. I strongly support those submissions which I have seen calling for far greater democracy, transparency, and strong democratic links to local communities, and to the many … [Read more...] about The role of unions in the ALP – submission by Max Ogden
This is an edited version of Dennis Glover’s submission to the Bracks-Macklin Review of the Victorian Branch of the ALP. Dennis writes: I am going to confine myself to answering the first question of the review submission form. My 38 years of experience working at the highest levels of the … [Read more...] about Organized factions must be outlawed
Sarina Greco, President Prahran ALP, forwarded Open Labor the following article. Open Labor does not have a single position on this important matter. Sarina Greco writes. Members should be aware a rule change being considered to change from the current branch rule that members must be part of … [Read more...] about For members responding to Q3.1 – Is the current branch structure fit for purpose 2020 and beyond?
David Barda writes: Since 1964 Labor has commissioned eight or nine party reviews (depending on how you count them). I’ve read them so that you don’t have to. The Bracks-Macklin review is the most recent in a long history of ALP reviews. As a reforming party, we have always had a healthy … [Read more...] about The review of reviews: 50 years of ALP soul searching
Pauline Brown, writes: The paper by Steve Bracks and Jenny Macklin, Victorian Labor, Progress and Integrity, puts forward questions about how we honour the reasons people join the Party, how we make membership more meaningful and how we recruit and keep more members. To my dismay, the … [Read more...] about Does NZ Labour provide a model of membership?
Julia Thornton writes: Most of the effort made to date to reform the Victorian ALP has addressed party process and administration. People mention, then shy away from coming to grips with 'culture' as too difficult and indeterminate. However until this is addressed, the current behaviours that … [Read more...] about Overcoming perverse incentives for branch stacking