23 Sept 2020: Eric Dearricott, dedicated ALP Independent and long-time ALP warrior for transparency and democracy addressed a Melbourne FEA forum. He said: People within the Party organisation knew the stacking exposed by 60 Minutes was happening but a culture had evolved that allowed … [Read more...] about Oversight & governance – culture at State Office and the Administrative Committee
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23 September: Labor elders Jenny Macklin and Steve Bracks participated in a public forum hosted by Open Labor, the Independents, Per Capita and the John Cain Centre for Democracy. It was yet another brilliant online event, a show case of what the new technology can do for our Party democracy. It … [Read more...] about Forum: ALP reform – are Macklin and Bracks on track?
These are hard times for our party – but maybe hopeful times, too. Let’s first talk about the difficult times. We have lost seven out of nine federal elections, including one last year we absolutely should have won. Our share of the national primary vote in 2019 was 33% - that's 10% lower than … [Read more...] about Why hard times for our party might give us hope
23 Sept 2020 Yet another great online panel discussion. This time its Open Labor and Independents panel with Steve Bracks and Jenny Macklin. Once again hosted in partnership with Per Capita. Steve Bracks started with an overview of what the Administrators have been doing and thinking. The first … [Read more...] about Greater democracy will make the ALP stronger
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
Dear fellow Labor member: We know we are writing at an extraordinary time when many of us are living under stress, and we witness the extraordinary work of our health and essential workers. It is just another reminder of how important it is to elect and support Labor Governments in their … [Read more...] about Update from Bracks & Macklin – 18 Sept 2020
12 steps to reform for the Victorian ALP Victorian Labor needs to empower all our members by more direct voting and active participation using 21st century technologies. The ALP needs far-sighted change to play its part in the election of strong Labor governments and implement progressive … [Read more...] about 12 steps to reform for the ALP – a petition to Bracks-Macklin from OL & the Independents
9 Sept 2020: an absolutely fabulous online panel debate run by Open Labor, Per Capita and The John Cain Institute. The event booked out fast at 450 bookings. There was an intense online audience questions and electrifying chats and three great presentations. So exciting to see a dignified … [Read more...] about Can the ALP be reformed? – A brilliant cross factional online forum – 9 Sept
Andrew Giles MP, panelist at the on-line Open Labor / Per Capita panel event answered: The answer to the question is yes - but, respectfully, I don’t believe this is the right question. We have to address the question of how to reform Labor, on the understanding that this is an existential … [Read more...] about Andrew Giles – can the Labor Party be reformed?
Janet McCalman, panelist at the on-line Open Labor / Per Capita panel event answered: The following proposals for structural reform to bring about accountability, integrity, transparency and democracy to the Labor Party were drawn from the collective experience and advice of unaligned and … [Read more...] about Janet McCalman – can the Labor Party be reformed?