Westmead Branch Event: Jack Ferguson Memorial Lecture

Westmead Branch Secretary, Prabir Maitra, invites you to 'Healing after COVID: reuniting a divided city'

Ed Husic MP will deliver this years’ lecture on Saturday 6 November 2021. The Shadow Minister for Industry and Innovation and Federal Member for Chifley will discuss his perspective on 'Labor's plans to build back better in a post-pandemic world. 

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Why We Need A Campaign for Labor Party Democracy in New South Wales

The rank-and-file campaign for party democracy is the first step towards rebuilding NSW Labor

While the Campaign for Labor Party Democracy (CLPD) is in its infancy, its achievements have demonstrated that organised rank-and-filers can alter the direction of our party. If we continue to fight together we can restore a reasonable balance of power between the party’s officials and members. We should aspire to a party in which branch members have an inalienable right to preselect Labor representatives in the Nation’s Parliaments. MPs and the decisions they make in Parliament must reflect the beliefs and aspirations of its members. Until we can offer branch members a legitimate reason to remain active in NSW Labor we risk severing the organic links between the labour movement and working-class communities we rely on to form Government. 

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The Labour Movement & Climate Change: A Worker-Led Recovery

We cannot allow fossil-fuel corporations to hijack action against climate change

Bringing people along with Labor’s climate change policies requires local strategies that give workers a real say over the future of their jobs and communities. We cannot afford to repeat the failures of ‘top-down’ solutions which ignore the specific desires of workers on the ground. A ‘one size fits all’ approach only allows fossil-fuel billionaires to divide working class communities along geographic and industrial lines. The task for Labor is to develop a way of harmonising systemic climate policies with local decision making. 

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CLPD Branch Survey Results

Rank-and-file survey highlights a perception amongst branch members that NSW Labor is failing on multiple fronts. 

A survey initiated by the Campaign for Labor Party Democracy (CLPD) has confirmed that branch members are deeply concerned by Head Office's management of NSW Labor. 145 party members from dozens of branches responded to the survey between July and October 2021. Branch members are dissatisfied with the party's lack of internal democracy, education & training strategy, the accountability of elected party officials, and the party's relationship with women members. 

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'Nordic Edge: Policy Possibilities for Australia' - A Review

Nordic Edge is a fascinating tour of the political possibilities that await Australia if we are prepared to look further afield for inspiration.

Labor Member of the Legislative Council, Anthony D'Adam, on what Australia can learn from the success of Nordic social democracy. This investigation yields a refreshing alternative to the neoliberal policies which have come to define Australia, The United Kingdom, and The Unites States. Scandinavian Parliaments have shown that it is possible to build ecologically and socially conscious societies without sacrificing economic prosperity. 

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