Labor’s long goodbye to the working class

Rick Kuhn Liberating top politicians from external constraints is the goal of Bill Shorten’s proposals for minor organisational changes in the ALP. The issue is not union bureaucrats versus rank and file party members. Since the mid-1890s, the ALP has been a workers’ party committed to managing the...CONTINUE READING

Israel’s supporters lose the plot – again

Rick Kuhn If you criticised South African apartheid then you were an anti-white racist. That’s the logic of equating any criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. In his soon to be released memoirs, former Labor foreign minister Bob Carr remarks on the considerable influence the Israel lobby in Austra...CONTINUE READING

Labor's faction fictions

Rick Kuhn Prominent past and present Labor politicians, liberal literati and ALP well-wishers in the Murdoch press have been complaining for years about the influence of factions inside the party. Whether this whingeing is accompanied by calls to curb connections with the unions or not, it is part o...CONTINUE READING