Short video on the Gurindji walk off at Wave Hill which led to the first Aboriginal Land Rights act.

Gurindji tribal elder Vincent Lingiari leads 200 Aboriginal workers off their jobs at the Wave Hill cattle station to protest low wages and starts an Aboriginal land rights movement.

End of the 'White Australia' policy.

1973 dismantling the White-Racist Policies in Australia

Most people would like to believe that those who enter Parliament choose to do so in order to Make A Difference. In which case, ALP mission accomplished. The carbon price is a major structural reform that will likely be looked back on as an important step in the fight against climate change. The NDIS looks like being another winning policy in the Labor tradition. There was no recession here.    Labor may well lose the next election, but perhaps they've won this war.

What if Labor has already won?

What is the point of winning elections? The question seems redundant, but the tenor of Australian politics in the present day suggests otherwise.

The coalition hates welfare for those who need it, but refuse to touch it for those who dont.

Since being sent to the Opposition benches in the Coalition has fought almost every effort by Labor to means-test or otherwise curb welfare entitlements.

Wayne Swan on the power vested interests wield in Australian Politics

I don't do the ALP at all, but it's hard to argue with this article. The Per Cent: The Rising Influence of Vested Interests in Australia

Some interesting thoughts on what in the 80's was described as 'finding our security in Asia, not from Asia'. Engaging with Asia will be the fundamental driver of economic growth and prosperity for Australia in the next 100 years. This means; accepting and being more accepting of Asian immigrants (particularly skilled migrants), getting rid of our formal ties to an archaic European monarch and engaging in freer trade with our Asian neighbours.

Some interesting thoughts on what in the 80's was described as 'finding our security in Asia, not from Asia'. Engaging with Asia will be the fundamental driver of economic growth and prosperity for Australia in the next 100 years. This means; accepting and being more accepting of Asian immigrants (particularly skilled migrants), getting rid of our formal ties to an archaic European monarch and engaging in freer trade with our Asian neighbours.

Cracking article by Labor MP Andrew Leigh on economic growth, happiness and why progressives should be pro-growth

The Pro-Growth Progressive: How Economic Reform Can Make Us Happier

Mark Latham on climate change denialism.

Former federal Labor leader Mark Latham says that in the climate change debate, we are witnessing a puzzling shift in the foundations of public reason – the emergence of what might be thought of as anti-enlightenment.

Public policy is littered with issues that appear intractable thanks to, more than anything else, the impossibility of progress in a world of bitterly adversarial politics.

Moral authority in our parliament? Not seeing it

Moral authority in our parliament?

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