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Story of Our Country

Labor's vision for Australia

Adrian Pabst



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01 September 2019
History; Central government policies; Industrial relations
Paul Keating once remarked, We at least in the Labor Party know that we are part of a big story, which is also the story of our country . Story of Our Country unpacks that big story and Labor's place in Australia's narrative. It explains why the ALP's purpose and character make it unique among centre-left parties in America, Britain, and Europe. Central to Labor's purpose is its promise to offer people a share in those things that make life worth living - the common good. Labor's vision of the good life is anchored in the everyday experience of working people. This gives Labor its distinctive strength - a paradoxical character that is at once progressive and conservative. Adrian Pabst argues that to gain and retain power, Labor needs to build coalitions between its traditional working-class base and middle-class voters. Labor can achieve this by deploying its distinctive strength to tackle the most critical issues facing Australia: inequality, precarious jobs, the care crisis, climate change, and emerging foreign powers.
By:   Adrian Pabst
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9781925826593
ISBN 10:   1925826597
Publication Date:   01 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Story of Our Country: Labor's vision for Australia

A timely reminder of the diversity of the Labor tradition to help us consider and counter the challenges ahead JIM CHALMERS MP As Labor's primary vote in national elections drifts inexorably downwards, a fundamental debate about the party's purpose and beliefs is long overdue. Story of Our Country is a great place for that debate to commence. It is very refreshing that the debate about Labor's future will reflect Adrian Pabst's incisive, thoughtful, and well-researched argument about Labor's purpose and soul. It is particularly worthwhile that Pabst uses the lens of religious belief for the broad purpose of questioning the state of modern Labor's belief system, not to pursue a narrow religious agenda. In light of Chris Bowen's post-election observation that Labor had alienated many people of belief, it is a very timely perspective. Pabst concludes his analysis with some valuable insights that suggest a way forward, including a strong emphasis on the concept of vocation and a salient warning against the threat of 'meritocratic extremism'. LINDSAY TANNER A timely reminder of a period when the Australian Labor Party was proud of, and benefited from, its Judeo-Christian heritage and respect for faith-based conservative traditions. And a guide to how Labor might revitalise itself after the 2019 election defeat. GERARD HENDERSON

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