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Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s London to Aldermaston march, 1958: an early example of mass political mobilisation to achieve a specific goal. CND

Not so grassroots: how the snowflake model is transforming political campaigns

Political campaigns today are presented as products of bottom-up participation, not top-down direction. But even if a campaign appears grassroots-driven, it's likely to be run from the centre.
In a new book, former prime minister Paul Keating makes it clear that, from a young age, he was interested in power and the gaining of it. AAP/Daniel Munoz

Book review: Keating, by Kerry O'Brien

Kerry O'Brien has provided the platform for Paul Keating to define his political career, explain what drove his reform agenda and cement his position as one of Australia's greatest leaders.
Mutual admiration between big businessmen like Alan Bond (left) and the Labor Party was a double-edged sword for Bob Hawke in the 1980s. AAP/NAA

Book extract: The Eighties – The Decade That Transformed Australia

In the 1980s Australians grappled with the challenges of living in an era that brought together boom and crisis, nationalism and globalisation, confidence and anxiety, and conservatism and exuberance.
Sam Dastyari unleashes with Michelle Grattan in Canberra’s Muse wine bar and bookstore.

Politics podcast: Sam Dastyari unleashed

Sam Dastyari Unleashed
In The Conversation's first live podcast, Sam Dastyari gives a candid insight into Labor's strategy to win back government, the threat of the Greens and much more.
What do we learn about Labor leader Bill Shorten from David Marr’s new Quarterly Essay? AAP/Andrew Brownbill

Review: Faction Man – Bill Shorten’s Path to Power

Faction Man is a product of Black Inc. From their perspective, Bill Shorten – and his fascination with grimy Labor machine politics – is an alien figure.
It is not entirely clear that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has what it takes to defeat Malcolm Turnbull at the polls. AAP/Lukas Coch

The Returnbull – just how bad is it for Labor?

Three important claims against Malcolm Turnbull are emerging. Labor may achieve some traction on them if it plays its cards right.
Bill Shorten took on some members of his party at Labor’s national conference on contentious policy issues – and won. AAP/David Crosling

National conference subdued about Labor revival as Shorten gets his way

The Labor Party’s future depends on its ability to steer its vision for a more progressive Australia through the twin obstacles of public suspicion and the still-powerful party oligarchies.
California has realised that investing in renewables is smart economic policy. Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons

50% renewable energy would put Australia in line with leading nations

Ramping up investment in renewable energy would put Australia on a footing with competitors such as China, Germany and California, which are set to reap the economic benefits of this emerging sector.
Under the Coalition government, there has been little regard for asylum seekers’ humanity, and no concern for establishing durable solutions to their plight. AAP/Eoin Blackwell

How Labor can create a humane refugee policy without reviving boat arrivals

Labor has little to gain politically from deviating from the Coalition’s harsh asylum seeker policy, and yet there is urgent need for reform.
Bill Shorten’s support – and that of his party – is almost entirely a function of public perceptions of Tony Abbott’s performance. AAP/Nikki Short

Shorten’s trust deficit is limiting Labor’s opportunities

Bill Shorten has neither built the profile nor provided the performance that renders him prime minister-in-waiting rather than fragile whinger-in-chief.
Kevin Rudd was portrayed as interfering, micro-managing and bullying in his first stint as prime minister – but some painted a different picture. AAP/ABC

The Killing Season exposes multiple truths, but little honesty

Whose "truth" best explains the implosion of the Rudd-Gillard Labor governments? Multiple "truths" are presented in the ABC's The Killing Season as we continue to pick over that era's debris.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh have said their multinational tax package will make big firms pay their fair share. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Labor’s multinational tax package misses the point

The tax package recently announced by the Federal Labor party is clearly well intentioned but it misses the point about multinationals paying their fair share.

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