Labor's Enduring Purpose

On Saturday, the NSW ALP Conference debated a proposal to replace Labor's socialist objective. I made a short speech, defending the core principles of social democracy, and the enduring importance of our history.

But I don’t want a debate that starts with a fundamental mischaracterisation of the objective as it currently stands.

And I am opposed to walking away from our history, philosophy and practical traditions without a serious process to engage our members.

For me, the great strength of the objective lies in the first 9 words:

The Australian Labor Party is a democratic socialist party…

Those words communicate a great deal.

Historically they link us to the great twentieth century movement of working people that chose democratic means over Stalinism, even while they rejected unregulated capitalism.

Read the rest of my speech here.

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