From Eric Dearricott, Secretary Vic Labor Independents and about to be retrenched Admin Committee member. Tomorrow the ALP National Executive will consider the recommendations of Jenny Macklin and Steve Bracks for reform of Victorian Labor following their appointment as Administrators prompted by … [Read more...] about Eric Dearricott – an initial response to the Macklin-Bracks recs 26 Nov 2020
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Administrators Jenny Macklin and Steve Bracks wrote to Victorian ALP Branch members that on 27 November 2020, the ALP National Executive considered their final report, which made 37 recommendations to reform our Party. Macklin and Bracks wrote that: Download full copy of the report here [PDF … [Read more...] about Update from Jenny Macklin and Steve Bracks 27 Nov 2020
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
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
On 8 October 2020 the Age reported some ALP branch raw numbers (not percentages) of members who had not renewed their membership. Eric Dearricott writes: Criteria for inclusion in this Age list wasn’t clear – it could have been 50+ non-renewals, but some with more than 50 non-renewals had … [Read more...] about Weeding the stacks was never going to be easy
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?
Sept 2020 – This is the response submitted from Benalla branch to the Victorian ALP Reform review. The branch writes: "It is generally supportive of the Open Labor/Independents proposals while also emphasising the need for a community organising approach to building the Party and achieving labour … [Read more...] about Benalla ALP Branch submission to Victorian Branch Reform