It is how we bind in our caucus that matters

Ben Halliday is President of the Ginninderra sub-branch in ACT Labor and a long time organiser for empowering working people.

Daniel Gerrard is half rightYes, a binding caucus is important for imposing unity, solidarity and discipline in decision making. It is what differentiates the Left more than our non-union small 'l' liberals in the Labor Right, the Greens or the Liberals and Nationals. However, let’s not fetishise it.

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There can be no fairness without decent work

Osmond Chiu is editor of Challenge Magazine

No matter where you turn these days there seems to be a discussion about the future of work. From parties sloganeering about “jobs of the future”, to talk about the “disruption” of the “sharing economy”, to predictions about automated cars replacing taxis and therefore thousands of transport workers, you hear and read about the changing nature of work almost daily.

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The Case for a Binding Vote on Abortion Legislation

Briony Roelandts is a co-founder of Labor for Choice and Amy Knox is Secretary of the ACT Left Caucus

In Australia, one third of all women and people with reproductive abilities will have an abortion in their lifetime (Children by Choice 2017). As a society, we have made huge improvements in the area of safe abortion, however its continuous criminalisation in NSW and QLD, and the prominent conservative and religious discourse supporting the status quo, is out of touch with where we need to be. Women should not have to fear the legal repercussions for choosing to terminate a pregnancy, yet so often this has forced women to do so unsafely (often referred to as “backyard abortions”).

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It’s time the Australian Left got serious about transformational change

Osmond Chiu is editor of Challenge Magazine

One of my big gripes of late has been that there is lots of focus by progressives on capacity building, campaigning tactics and strategies but far less on what changes need to be embedded to change society. When progressives are in power, the focus is often redistribution and providing more funding to services but often what is lacking is deeper thinking about statecraft.

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National Schools Forum

David Roy is a lecturer in Education at the University of Newcastle. He tweets at @dmsroy

Around 150 delegates from across Australia were invited. Many teachers and principals were present, as well as representatives of each schooling sector, a number of teaching organisations and unions, think tanks, parents councils, universities, cross-sector specialist organisations and Indigenous education leaders.

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