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.