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
Thinking about reform
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 movements for a progressive society, such as climate change, women, indigenous, environment, unions/workers, etc., of which the … [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?
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
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