What would ‘new Labor’ look like without the unions?

As Labor looks to rebuild after a resounding defeat at the last election, its relationship with the union movement must be examined. Unions are already voting with their feet.

Labor’s big experiment with democracy, adopted during its last convulsions in power, may be one of the most important steps towards a crucial rethink of its relationship with the unions. The party periodically goes through deep introspection on the matter – after the 2010 election a review advocated for an increased role for unions in candidate pre-selection.


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