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Mateship: a very Australian history By Michael Cooney

Hello and welcome to this launch of Nick Dyrenfurth’s Mateship: a very Australian history here in St Kilda on this Australia Day weekend. Let me begin by acknowledging the traditional owners Read More

27 Jan 2015 in Labor History

From Cinderella to Pauper By Elliot Stein

This is a story about two towns 900 kilometres apart - Barcaldine and Brisbane. There were twenty three school leavers from Barcaldine last year. Three have jobs, one is going to university Read More

16 Jan 2015 in Labor History

Ben Chifley and the bank nationalisation By Denis Lenihan

In August 1947, Ben Chifley’s Labor Government decided in favour of nationalising Australia’s private banks. The controversy is well-remembered – though the Chifley Government’s purpose, to establish modern central banking Read More

20 Nov 2014 in Labor History

Five things we can learn from the first Labor Government By Elliot Stein

Consider this scenario: a minority Labor Government, a vicious press gallery, an opposition saying the government is illegitimate, a bold new policy program, tension between cabinet and caucus, and three Read More

20 Nov 2014 in Labor History

Labor, tradition and the Whitlam legacy By Andrew Leigh

GK Chesterton once said that "Tradition means giving a vote to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead." Progressives are at our best Read More

05 Nov 2014 in Labor History

Gough Whitlam’s foreign policy was his true economic legacy By Tim Harcourt

“Where were you when Gough was sacked?” This of course refers to Remembrance Day, the 11th November 1975, the very day when the elected Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was sacked by Read More

03 Nov 2014 in Labor History

A potential Labour Government in 2015: policy continuity or a break from the past? By Vittorio Trevitt

The general election in May 2015 will be a decisive one for the British people, who will decide on whether to elect a government that will continue along the path Read More

21 Oct 2014 in Labor History

Remembering Norman Kirk: The Whitlam of New Zealand By Vittorio Trevitt

At a time when both Australia and its neighbour New Zealand are run by conservative governments, it is important for social democrats in those countries to look at past social-democratic Read More

28 Jul 2014 in Labor History

Pursuing the politics of change By Vittorio Trevitt

The Whitlam Government introduced landmark reforms and paved the way for a more progressive Australia. Vittorio Trevitt tells us the UK perspective...  The concept of change is central to the identity of the Read More

08 Jun 2014 in Labor History
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