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  1. Not Dead Yet - Chapter 8

    A POST-LEFT FUTURE As Christmas dinners go, this one has been quite productive. ... giving all Australians a stake in the growth economy. A post-left future cannot rely on the mass membership institutions of the Industrial ... climate change disruption, the most absorbing chapter is yet to be written. Sources for this essay are available at the end of the book. Not Dead Yet - Chapter 8 ...


  2. Not Dead Yet - Chapter 1

    NOT DEAD YET Labor’s Post-Left Future Mark Latham In May last year something unusual happened. A ... which cannot be ignored. Yet the pressing social justice issue in Australia is to address the problems of an entrenched underclass – ... the rise of climate change as the pre-eminent environmental issue of our time. In a labour-based party, there is a sharp tension between ...


  3. Not Dead Yet - Chapter 3

    A POST-LEFT ELECTORATE The authentic Labor tradition is not one of grand theories and dogma. It is a tradition of community engagement ... people in local electorates. If Labor is to have a future, it must be a post-left future. It can no longer rely on the politics of ... against such a stunning record of success? Yet this is what large sections of the Labor movement have been doing. When ... Economically and politically, industry welfare is a dead-end debate for Labor. Instead of artificially supporting basket-case ... to promote “cost-of-living pressures” as a front-line issue (even though, in utility pricing, they gave this power away). Federal and ...


  4. Not Dead Yet - Sources

    ... The Cost of Living in Australia , Income and Wealth Report, Issue 31, May 2012, p. 21. “Hawke put the argument perfectly”: “Dump ... speech. “a policy weakness from which the party is yet to recover”: For an outline of Labor’s policy compromises in opposition (accommodating Robertson and the left) which led to the failure of its border protection policies in government, ... University Press, Melbourne, 1984. “gimmicks which did not survive the rigours of government”: Although, in fairness to Rudd, my ... While the NSW Department of Education and Communities does not publish statistics for specific ethnic or language groups in selective ... are required to ensure this does not rise further for future generations.” Despite this information being available via a reader ... or your waiting will be in vain, and fruitless.” Not Dead Yet - Sources ...


  5. What's Left - Chapter 11

    ... Australian citizens and military planners, it seems, are not the only ones having trouble escaping these particular “ghosts of battles ... What is occurring today in Australian defence, then, is not altogether unusual or surprising. It reflects a trend that has continued ... to seek succour and salvation in the old-fashioned yet powerful religions of evangelism and “diggerism” (Birmingham could well ... strident form of nationalism and are looking more to their dead digger forebears than to their live baby-boomer parents for guidance in ... Taken together with his intermittent attacks on the “Left”, we must wonder whether he has not succumbed to the growing tendency ... country. As David Sullivan lamented in a 1996 essay, the post-Cold War period has witnessed the continued intrusion into academe of ... used by scoundrels, to place our young people and our future at risk. The stakes are high ones indeed, but well worth the cost and ...


  6. Unfinished Business - Chapter 7

    NOT DEAD YET Correspondence Jim Chalmers On the morning of 2 December 2003 ... a thaw in the animosity between Labor and its fallen leader. Not just Paul Howes’s welcoming words at the National Press Club, nor even ... reminder that Latham remains an ideas machine on the centre left. That whatever the missteps of his political career – and he concedes ... – he has something important to say about the ALP’s future. Reading it gives you a sense that Latham, for so long accustomed to the ... in charge isn’t what it used to be.” In the Washington Post essay which summarises his book, Naim relates a conversation in which ... and to more than balance the points where I would take issue with Latham.  An example of where we differ is his charge that the ...


  7. Unfinished Business - Chapter 9

    NOT DEAD YET Correspondence Russell Marks Labor parliamentarians have long ... Generations of ALP politicians – past and present and future – sketch their visions of progressive, social-democratic political ... contributors to a 2010 collection of essays, All That’s Left: What Labor Should Stand For , made any attempt to develop a theory of ... alliance and the party’s own factional warlords were not addressed at all.  Meanwhile an alternative genre of Labor writing has ... should be Labor’s “great disruption,” the single issue which allows it to dominate the political airspace as against the ... education of someone else’s child. Latham claims that post-Keating Labor has been a victim of its own success. It’s a curious ...


  8. Unfinished Business - Chapter 14

    NOT DEAD YET Response to Correspondence Mark Latham Thank you to each of ... rejoinder. I apologise to Peter Brent and Guy Rundle for not being able to make specific remarks in response to their well-written ... Troy Bramston and Jim Chalmers. If Labor is to have a future, it is in their hands.  Reece has picked up an important point: as ... I identified elites to the far-right and far-left of Labor, privileged insiders who dealt with issues in a manner abstracted ... such that 57 per cent of Australian adults now hold post-secondary qualifications, has fostered greater skills and self-confidence ... internal debate, in the framework of Labor policy, the issue is essentially settled.  The party should now think about its role ...


  9. That Sinking Feeling - Chapter 9

    ... INDONESIAN SOLUTION Selvamalar’s boy Darmithan was dead. Kishanlh, the one-year-old son of Vinothini and Vimalarasu, was dead. ... nearly losing his daughter at sea, there was a man who did not know how to count his blessings. It was easy to understand the ... of the 2010 boat crashing into Christmas Island.  The issue did not divide cleanly on political lines. Labor itself was split on the ... ridicule, or see them excommunicated. Like Malcolm Fraser. Yet no one had a durable answer, not even Howard, under whom most of those ... him upon his death in 2008, writing: “Of any figure in the post-World War II period, including any American president, Suharto, by his ... would be akin to taking back people who had already left … If they’re found not to be refugees, would Indonesia be able to ... worthwhile words: “We are equal stakeholders in a common future with much to gain if we get this relationship right, and much to lose if ...


  10. Breach of Trust - Chapter 11

    ... cris de coeur – the asylum seekers issue and the war in Iraq. (What a sad, self-indulgent fantasy that was.) ... And so Latham’s World requires little in the way of post-election revision in the light of events. Instead, I want to offer a ... issues of greatest concern to us” – meaning the liberal-left intelligentsia – “are of little interest or are even anathema to the ... that the poet by nature, like the poet by profession, is not, after all, the “unacknowledged legislator of mankind”. The ... criticism is more complicated to explain, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to express it adequately here. But I’ll try. I ... – her analysis is far too generous-spirited for that. Yet when she suggests, as in the quote above, that the punters will stick with ... the prevailing rate of interest isn’t just an economic issue – it goes to the very fabric of your life. It affects the way you look ...