America and Australia: So Similar Yet So Different
Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to look at America and Americans up close. An election which focused the attention of a nation for months was run and won. But within days all eyes were turned to two issues about which we had heard surprisingly little in the campaign - the "fiscal cliff" and the Middle East. The President allowed himself an evening of celebration and it was back to work. It seems that honeymoons are for the marriage - not the renewal of the vows.
No better time for change within Labor
This op-ed was originally published in The Australian.
Last week in Rome I attended a conference of progressive political parties.
It was hosted by the Italian Democratic Party, which is now the most popular party in Italy following the political demise of Silvio Berlusconi. [...]
Labor can pull back from the brink
Reliance on core Labor values and policies with more appeal to middle Australia will see Federal Labor rise again. See my article in The Australian today.
Federal Labor's present troubles have encouraged a spate of articles predicting the Gillard government's almost certain demise.
What is most galling about them, [...]
Lessons for Labor
Modern, democratic political parties in Europe and North America, like the Labour Party in the UK and Canada’s New Democratic Party, involve party members directly in the election of party leaders. In Canada, at least, this approach is working with the NDP increasing its membership and winning seats in the Canadian legislature. Political leadership is central to the success of a political party but the enduring strength of a party comes from the involvement and ideas of members and [...]