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A Mere Vote Catching Machine – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Australian, Australian Labor Party, Australiana, Campaigning, Democracy, Electoralism, History, Ideology, Means and Ends, Politics, Progressive Politics, Socialism

(When the nationalisation plank was not included in the 1898 NSW Labor electoral platform) Many socialists resigned from the Political Labor League, including its secretary. According to one of them, the Labor Party had ‘degenerated into a mere vote-catching machine, doing no educational work, and generally following a policy of supineness.

Yep – that’s 1898. People have been harking back to the glory days when Labor stood for real progressive values since Federation. It’s all relative I guess.

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