Time to be smart about the digital economy

There’s no escaping it. Our future belongs in the digital economy. In my lifetime, I’ve been lucky to see extraordinary strides in information and communications technology, bringing the world together like never before. These innovations have changed the way we live our lives in ways we never imagined. Who would have thought that we’d all be carrying glass rectangles around in our pockets with access to the sum of human knowledge? These innovations pose new challenges and new opportunities.

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Flexible political engagement the future for Labor

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When protestors jumped on stage during the asylum seekers debate at National Conference I was disappointed.  Not because I didn’t empathise with their position, but because I saw how easy it would be to misrepresent this act as emblematic of a Party that stifles debate and gags those who seek to speak out against it.  

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Tasmanian Labor Conference: Left Leads the Way

A sea of socialist red lanyards greeted every speaker to the podium at this year’s Tasmanian Labor conference. Yet again the Left used our more than two thirds majority to pursue progressive policy outcomes, strengthen our platform and even rebuke some decisions of the National Conference. 

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ACT Labor Conference: A common effort brings the Left out on top

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Reporting from the recent ACT Labor Conference, delegate Alex Cassie writes that a common effort saw the ACT Left come out on top.

After the 2014 Conference, ACT Left made a decision to focus on economic policy leading up to the next conference.  This was based on two key insights: that our caucus can provide an articulated vision of socialist economics that serves the society in which we live; and that we differentiate ourselves from the Right by having a policy focus through which we can bring out ideas and support member development.

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Engaging young people in politics

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Much has been written of the internal operations of the ALP since John Faulkner, Steve Bracks and Bob Carr handed down their report in 2010. Everybody is an expert and one needn't go far for advice on what must be done to arrest the slide in Party membership. It has been an intense period of introspection that has borne recommendations which, if implemented wholeheartedly, will undoubtedly serve to restore some faith in Labor.  But not all of that which ails us is of our own making. More than ever, our Party is swimming against a tide of generational change which carries with it challenges farther reaching and more complex than those unearthed by the Faulkner-Bracks-Carr review.

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