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Tue, 11 Mar


Level 8, Marcus Clarke Building

Renewing the ALP-Union Link

Join the NSW Fabians and a panel of speakers for a discussion on renewing the ALP-union link.

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Time & Location

11 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

Level 8, Marcus Clarke Building, 827 George St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia

About the Event

Fabian Society

Join the NSW Fabians and a panel of speakers for a discussion on renewing the ALP-union link.

The trade union link has been a defining feature of the Australian Labor Party. Trade unions founded the Labor Party and affiliation provides the party with a direct link to a movement with over two million members. There is, however, some public debate about the link.

Reform ideas have included: implementing the 2010 National Review, an electoral college model to elect the leader and involving individual union members in pre-selections, and emulating the more radical ideas proposed by the British Labour Party. Would any of these reforms actually help Labor? Would they help the trade union movement? Or would they merely amount to a capitulation to the agenda of the Murdoch press and other conservative Australian voices?


Tony Sheldon – National Secretary, Transport Workers Union, and ALP National Senior-Vice President Sally McManus – Secretary, Australian Services Union (NSW/ACT) Dr Trevor Cook - former Hawke Government adviser and author of Unions and the ALP: Between dependence and independence

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