As the major centre-left political parties prepare to gather in Cape Town at the end of August for the Congress of the Socialist International, it is appropriate to assess to what extent the Socialist International reflects the needs of progressive parties in the 21st century. The authors of this article propose a dual track approach: a fundamental reform of the Socialist International as well exploring new forms of networking for the global progressive movement.Read more
Newcastle Labor Councillors are backing a push for the NSW party platform to include support for live music venues including planning controls to protect long-running venues from noise complaints, writes Ben Smee in the Newcastle Herald.Read more
There are encouraging signs that the increase of discussion and debate within Labor is attracting the attention of alternative media, with our very own Challenge mentioned in dispatches.
That’s good news – not only for the supporters of ideas and reform within our party – but also for a public hungry for more than just political cut-and-thrust.Read more
Councils should stop acting like the ''fun police'' and support live music venues, according to a new Labor campaign that aims to connect with young voters, writes Josephine Tovey in the Sydney Morning Herald.Read more
The ALP National Secretariat is conducting its first ever survey of members and supporters and wants to hear from you.
The survey, which was recommended by the 2010 Review of the ALP by Steve Bracks, John Faulkner and Bob Carr, is an important opportunity for the Labor grass roots to have their say.Read more