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“Power Without Glory” – Frank Hardy

June 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Ideology, Political Fiction, Politics

The ‘nineties’ that is being referred to here is the EIGHTEEN nineties. Angst over the purpose and integrity of the ALP is as old as the party itself.

The first Labor members of Parliament were former Trade Union leaders, man of whom had looked on trade unionism as a career, and viewed their entry into Parliament as well-earned promotion. But, by the end of the nineties, middle-class men with political ambitions turned to the Labor Party as a stepping stone to a seat in Parliament. In the years that followed, man shopkeepers, lawyers, farmers, estate-agents and the like, became Labor politicians.


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