Violence in Gaza has once again brought the Labor Party’s conflicted position on Israel and Palestine to the fore.
Queensland was a smoking ruin for federal Labor in 2019. As we head towards a possible election later this year, the sunshine state presents a big challenge — and opportunity — for Anthony Albanese.
Branch stacking may not be be new. But if the ALP is to fend off political rivals in the future, it will need to get serious about reform.
Branch stacking has been a problem for a long time in Australia, and changing it will take a genuine will to make party processes more open and accountable.
Bob Santamaria knew four Australian prime ministers. Is he the most significant figure in Australian politics never to have held office?
“What would Julia do?” Julia Gillard smashed a glass ceiling as Australia’s 27th prime minister. She also transformed the way we talk and think about women in politics.
In his second “vision statement” Albanese says he wants to pursue his “productivity project”, and paints himself as a fiscal conservative well removed from Bill Shorten’s tax and spend approach.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese will emphasise his party’s pro-business stance in a speech on Tuesday, departing from Bill Shorten’s criticism of the “top end of town”.
Setka’s resignation is a significant victory for Albanese, who had a good deal of credibility invested after repeatedly saying the rogue unionist would be ousted from the party.
The climate policy has become an article of faith within Labor, and among many supporters. It’s also a policy that in the election split voters Labor needed, attracting some but driving away others.
Jim Chalmers on the need to change economic course.
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In this podcast, Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers argues the government can have both a more stimulatory policy and a surplus going forward.
Former national president of the ALP Mark Butler called for a root and branch overhaul of policy on Monday, in sharp contrast with the current ALP president, Wayne Swan.
The Victorian Supreme Court has dismissed the John Setka’s bid to prevent the Labor party from expelling him, saying the legitimacy of the motion to expel him was not within the court’s jurisdiction.
Parliament has now finished its sitting fortnight. Michelle Grattan discusses the key issues from it, including Labor’s approach to passing legislation given its weaker position in the Senate.
Anthony Albanese on Labor’s hard times
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Anthony Albanese defends Labor's vote for the government's $158 billion tax package, supports an increase in Newstart, and strongly argues the need to take the superannuation guarantee to 12%.
“Yet to arrive at a final position,” Senator Jacqui Lambie presses the federal government to forgive Tasmania’s housing debt in exchange for support of the government’s tax cuts.
Setka has been backed by the Victorian branch of his union who this week called for the national executive to issue a statement of support.
Albanese last week had Setka suspended from the party and will move for his expulsion when its national executive meets on July 5.
John Setka says he won’t resign, and he has the backing of Victorian branch delegates, making it uncertain how things will play out.
The Setka affair is now dominating discussion at the highest level of the union movement.