John Graham is a Labor Member of the NSW Legislative Council
It was four days after a close 1995 election. Bob Carr’s diary records the moment when counting made it clear that Labor would form majority government:
“Great news….arrived in the office to find a celebration taking place…. ‘See how easy it was?’ I told them. ‘Never doubted it for a moment.’” (Dodkin 2003).
Andrew Giles is Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools and Pat Conroy is Shadow Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy and Shadow Assistant Minister for Infrastructure
Our challenge isn't just to change the government, but to change the country.
Australia is on the wrong path - we are headed towards a society in which there is an unbridgeable gulf between haves and have-nots. Inequality is close to, if not at, record highs. Wages are stagnating while corporate profits are booming.
Families are being drowned by the pressure of insecure workplaces with the rise of casualization and mass underemployment.
But we can change course. This is what's at stake at the next election: a choice between a future in which all of us can have a stake, or one characterised by extreme inequality- of income, wealth, opportunity and power.
It is the Turnbull Government that is pursuing class war, not those opposing their neo-liberal approach.
The National Left must ensure that Labor clearly articulates a path towards a good society. The platform for a Shorten Labor government must secure this objective.
If not more and more people will embrace the populist and hollow approaches of One Nation and Nick Xenophon.
Sally McManus is Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions
Good morning, it’s a pleasure to be with you today.
I want to pay my respects to the Garna people and their elders past and present.
Today I want to talk about the union movements change the rules campaign and how necessary that campaign is because the rules at work are broken.Read more
Jenny McAllister is a NSW Labor Senator
Last week the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) issued its 2017-18 corporate plan. While this may not have been marked in everyone’s calendar, it makes for interesting reading, because (amongst other things) it sets out what the RBA thinks are the key risks for its monetary policy functions in the year ahead.Read more
Economist, Dr. Tom Skladzien, writes about quantitative easing and explores alternatives for economic stimulus
Since the Global Financial Crisis, or what is called the Great Recession in the rest of the developed world, advanced economies from Australia to the EU and US haven’t seen the quick recovery that we’ve been taught to expect follows a recession as surely as night follows day.Read more
Tim Ayres is NSW Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
Australia, and the Australian Labor Party, face a profound question: what sort of economy do we want? It’s a question that is central to our current political battles over industrial relations and tax reform, innovation and technology, skills and higher education.Read more
THERE IS A SIMPLE WAY WE CAN RAISE THE REVENUE LABOR NEEDS TO FUND PROGRESSIVE SOCIAL POLICY – LAND TAX.Read more
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.Read more
Tom Skladzien is AMWU National Economics Adviser.
For too long the Australian people have been told the main economic job of government is to ‘deliver a budget surplus’. It’s as if a budget surplus will solve all our economic challenges. This is far from the truth.Read more
Richard Denniss is Chief Economist at the Australia Institute
If you only listened to the Coalition you would think that Australia’s budget deficit was caused entirely by out of control spending. But a closer look at the budget papers shows this is not the case. The most recent budget papers wiped out $90 billion in expected revenue over the next four years. It is not spending that is rapidly rising but revenue that is rapidly falling.Read more