Quarterly Essay 49 Not Dead Yet by Mark Latham

Quarterly Essay 49 Not Dead Yet

By Mark Latham

  • Release Date: 2013-03-08
  • Genre: Politics & Current Affairs
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<p>With an election looming and criticism of the ALP now a national pastime, Mark Latham considers the future for Labor. The nation has changed, but can the party?</p><p>With wit and insight, Latham reveals an organisation top-heavy with factional bosses protecting their turf. At the same time Labor’s traditional working-class base has long been eroding. People who grew up in fibro shacks now live in double-storey affluence. Families once resigned to a lifetime of blue-collar work now expect their children to be well-educated professionals and entrepreneurs.</p><p>Latham explains how Labor has always succeeded as a grassroots party, and argues for reforms to clear out the apparatchiks and dead wood. Then there are the key policy challenges: what to do about the Keating economic legacy, education and poverty. Latham examines the rise of a destructive and reactionary far-right under the wing of Tony Abbott. He also makes the case that climate change is the ultimate challenge – and even opportunity – for a centre-left party.</p><p><em>Not Dead Yet</em> is an essential contribution to political debate, which addresses the question: how can Labor reinvent itself and speak to a changed Australia?</p><p>“The grand old party of working-class participation has become a virtual party. In no other part of society … could an organisation function this way and expect to survive. This is the core delusion of 21st-century democracy, that political parties can fragment and hollow out, yet still win the confidence of the people.” Mark Latham, <em>Not Yet Dead</em></p><p>Mark Latham was leader of the Australian Labor Party and leader of the Opposition from December 2003 to January 2005. His books include <em>Civilising Global Capital</em> and the bestselling <em>Latham Diaries</em>. He has a column in the <em>Australian Financial Review</em> and appears regularly on Sky News.</p>


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