NSW Left

The NSW Left faction was formed 60 years ago to formalise and give coherence to a progressive group within the NSW ALP.

The Left faction is a coalition of forces, in the ALP branches and the affiliated unions, that is bound together by the aspiration to build a freer and fairer society. The NSW Left, as the progressive force in the NSW ALP, recognises that the Labor Party and labour politics does not always take the direction we would wish in pursuing democratic social change.

However, we also recognise that although it is not perfect, the ALP is the best vehicle we have to make real change in our society.

For members of the NSW Left, it is not enough to merely talk about achieving progressive social change; action must be taken. The NSW Left holds regular meetings, policy conferences, and forums with state and federal MPs, as well as social events and publishes Challenge, a leading progressive ideas magazine.

Joining the NSW Left allows members to participate in a network of unionists, branch members, and community activists all committed to imagining a better society and taking real action to make it a reality.

Rose Jackson

Secretary


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  • commented 2017-06-15 13:56:03 +1000
    So…why no comments for 8 months?
  • commented 2016-09-23 07:20:51 +1000
  • commented 2016-07-08 17:19:26 +1000
    Yes, but lets remember what happened in the 50s and kept Labor out of office for decades.
    I think, maybe, patience is a virtue and we work within the party and undermine the right wing that way. Maybe too slow…don’t know for sure about this tactic…but worth a go…what do others think?
    Jenny McNaughton
  • commented 2016-07-08 15:20:03 +1000
    Rose

    I am a member of the Wollondilly Branch of the party andf have been a left wing supporter of the Party for about half a century. (yes there were people that far back). Could you please contavt me via my "g’ mail address ie peterleesir@gmail.com or at 0417868250. I would like to contact other leftists in the Southern Highlands or the Wollondilly or Goulburn or Campbelltown to keep abreast with the left of the party and progressive ideas.

    Fraternally

    Peter Lee
  • commented 2016-07-08 11:50:23 +1000
    It’s time for Labor left to leave the Labor party and form a new Labor party.
    We must leave toxic Bill and his right wingers horde behind, for ever.
    Time to save The Light on the hill values and save Australia from the double whammy conservatism of Bill and Co. and the Liberals.
    We must have Anthony Albanese as leader, or someone else who represents the values of The light on the hill principles and genuinely represents Australia
    Winston Close
  • commented 2016-01-29 05:17:51 +1100
    It’s time for Labor left to leave the Labor party and form a new Labor party.
    We must leave toxic Bill and his right wingers horde behind, for ever.
    Time to save The Light on the hill values and save Australia from the double whammy conservatism of Bill and Co. and the Liberals.
    We must have Anthony Albanese as leader, someone who represents the values of The light on the hill principles and genuinely represents Australia
  • commented 2015-12-19 13:54:43 +1100
    Graeme et al I want to add a personal experience to demonstrate the workings of our Party…then and now! When i came to Taree over thirty years ago I was amazed to find the Mayor, Les Brown, was a member of the ALP. This in a rabid National Party seat! He ran for the State if I recall correctly and almost won the seat. say 1984-5?? I arrived and was immediately made secretary. So when the next election loomed Les put his hand up again! I, with Les, attended FEC to get its imprimatur. Les was the obvious choice….. most popular politician in the seat. Much to our surprise Richo turned up! End of story, Les did not run!
    no.2. The last state election for Myall Lakes we chose an excellent candidate;local doctor , President of Branch etc. As to his politics I believe he was a freethinker, in other words his vote within the Party could not be counted on by left or right. He had a good crew pre election but the assistance from HO he received was minimal. He achieved a 15% swing and should be now groomed for the next election but ?? And we wonder the reason people lose interest!
  • commented 2015-12-19 13:39:53 +1100
    Graeme Fraser, whomever you are, I agree with most of your argument. I don’t agree with leaving the ship (why else would I stay for forty years?). You and I may think forty years is a long time but it is but a moment! I dont agree with going Green although I hear Larissa saying things I wish Bill would say but there is something about that Party, post Bob Brown, I find hard to trust. I’m glad they are there but our only hope is to stay with the ALP and make it work . Easy to say and not easy to do but when are politics easy? I doubt I am even considered as useful any longer ;too left, too old and a loose cannon and political parties hate nothing more than loose cannons. I fear that Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten have achieved a kind of malaise that goes even beyond government. My core cause , women’s refuges, is case in point. Everyone is aware of violence to women and its cost and damage but it seems impossible to achieve anymore than a few victims and face/book pages making a stand. Women in general seem to be paralysed accepting their ‘slave mentality’ as if it was ordained; grateful for a bit of white ribbon(half worn by perpetrators), grateful for a few dollars returned from the thousands taken from them, grateful for ‘shelter’ after losing full-blown services 24/7. I am pleased you wrote Graeme and I remain optimistic but then that is my nature . Workers of the world unite! Marion Hosking OAM
  • commented 2015-12-19 13:37:16 +1100
    Graeme Fraser, whomever you are, I agree with most of your argument. I don’t agree with leaving the ship (why else would I stay for forty years?). You and I may think forty years is a long time but it is but a moment! I dont agree with going Green although I hear Larissa saying things I wish Bill would say but there is something about that Party, post Bob Brown, I find hard to trust. I’m glad they are there but our only hope is to stay with the ALP and make it work . Easy to say and not easy to do but when are politics easy? I doubt I am even considered as useful any longer ;too left, too old and a loose cannon and political parties hate nothing more than loose cannons. I fear that Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten have achieved a kind of malaise that goes even beyond government. My core cause , women’s refuges, is case in point. Everyone is aware of violence to women and its cost and damage but it seems impossible to achieve anymore than a few victims and face/book pages making a stand. Women in general seem to be paralysed accepting their ‘slave mentality’ as if it was ordained; grateful for a bit of white ribbon(half worn by perpetrators), grateful for a few dollars returned from the thousands taken from them, grateful for ‘shelter’ after losing full-blown services 24/7. I am pleased you wrote Graeme and I remain optimistic but then that is my nature . Workers of the world unite! Marion Hosking OAM
  • commented 2015-12-19 07:51:55 +1100
    “If only Labor or the LNP could get their acts together or find the right leader. Everything would then be ok.”
    How often have you heard this? If you think that things will change anytime soon you are wrong. We are trapped in our very own ‘Political Duopoly’.

    We are being rogered by the system itself. You and I have been involved in political ‘Daisy Chaining’ (Google it) since the 70’s, blissfully unaware of the Liberal Labor Liberal Labor collusion – Roll up Career Pollies, who’s turn is next?

    The big two have colluded to make it this way. Mutually agreeing to the Duopoly, so that no other parties could ever contend for power. In front of the cameras, Bitter Enemies fighting for our future – Behind the scenes, Besties!

    Both Labor and the Liberals KNOW that we only have a choice between Labor and Liberal. Not only do they KNOW, they BANK on it!!!

    We have in our minds, a picture of politics as one where major parties use the power of office to generate a viable and coherent platform for governing, in the name of the majority of citizens. This scenario no longer exists in this country. It is Gonski, dead, cremated, buried!

    The continual unrest that caused Labor’s leadership battles, and that is causing the current unrest within the LNP, are not some passing phase that Labor and the Liberals are going through. It is NOT something that “could be put to bed if each party could only just find the ‘right leader’ to unite them.”

    Malscum Turdball and Dill Shorten are NOT the problem, any more than they are the solution. They have risen to the top of politics because the system rewards a particular type of operator.

    “If only Labor or the Coalition could just get their acts together.”
    “If only we could return to the ‘good old days’ of a Bobby Menzies or Keating or a little Johnny.”

    A re-elected Turdball Government is not going to suddenly become more viable than the current version. It would not matter if Morriscum, or Asbestos Bishop or Harry Butler happened to take over the reins.
    NONE of them have the solution.
    NONE of them can magically turn everything around in a way that has always eluded Abbott. And Dill Shorten is NEVER going to reinvent the Labor Party. He will NEVER unite the Left, Right and Centre.

    The Greens WILL eventually be a major player, but that will not happen for at least another ten to twenty years, and they will need to outwardly embrace ‘Jobs’ and ‘Unionised Labor’ a hell of a lot more before the ‘Left’ voters will embrace THEM.

    If only Labor would form a ‘Green Unionised Labour Coalition’ with the Greens. But alas, that will not eventuate until Labor eventually loses enough of their once ‘safe’ seats to the Greens. But Sydney’s ‘Sussex Street’, or ‘Room 32’ as it was called back in the day, will ensure that it happens later rather than sooner.

    We need to stop clinging to the political system that we have all grown up with. We all dislike change, we all fear change, but change is not always a bad thing; “The invention of Computers will result in mass job losses!”.

    Time for change!

    Time to relinquish the assumption that ‘Good Governance’ can only come from a ‘Major Party’ in control of ‘Both Houses’ of Parliament.

    As long as we thoroughly scrutinise any ‘new’ party, we would be better served by electing ‘Real’ Smaller Parties and ‘Real’ Independents. This would more than likely result in ‘real policy debate’ in parliament rather than the current, ‘scratch mine scratch yours’ farce.

    The current ‘Big Two’ Duopoly will NEVER deliver real change in Australia. The party ‘structures’ FORCE their MP’s into arguing for policies that they DON’T believe in. And the Big Two they have the temerity to label these cop outs as ‘Party Unity’.
  • commented 2015-12-19 07:48:39 +1100
    Gough is turning in his grave. Left Revolution NOW!!!
  • commented 2015-11-12 17:08:22 +1100
    Why be a member of the ALP. How many resolutions/ideas/perspectives/motions were listened to by the executive from the ordinary members. I believe 1 resolution was accepted by the executive from the members in NSW in 35 years. That motion was subsequently voted against by the Executive. So ordinary members of the ALP how is that going for you. Work fodder for leaflets and a spot of income for the party but your views on change – you don’t count.
  • commented 2015-07-28 09:12:40 +1000
  • commented 2015-06-17 18:51:52 +1000
    I cannot believe even the Left has not learnt anything. Apologising is all very well but with the advantage of modern communication why oh why is this the way It is? Democracy? Extending the Party into the regions? Laughable! Sorry Rose but you are t he conduit! Marion Hosking OAM
  • followed this page 2015-04-26 14:46:06 +1000
  • commented 2015-03-20 16:13:19 +1100
    You say “city dwellers” like it’s a bad thing. According the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2/3 of all Australians live in cities. http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4102.0Chapter3002008
  • commented 2014-10-17 22:12:27 +1100
    Great!