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Australian Left Politics

The Australian left played a crucial role in Australian democracy, from pre-federation and for the first half of the 20th century. However, since the middle of the 20th century, Australian politics has been dominated by two political parties, the centrist ALP and the Conservative LNP.

The left has come a long way since its early days as a labour movement. In recent years, progressive politics have gained significant traction, with a growing number of Australians advocating for policies that prioritize social justice, environmental protection, and human rights.

Australian Political Parties

New socialist parties have emerged. Following increased awareness of social issues, and a growing sense of urgency around climate change, the Australian left has become a diverse and dynamic movement. Left parties today include the Australian Greens, Socialist Alliance and Victorian Socialists. Below are links to these parties and other great left resources.

Australian Left People & Groups

Champion of the Underdog

Champion of the Underdog Rob Pyne
Champion of the Underdog Rob Pyne

Australian Left Unions

The Future of the Australian Left

The future of the Australian left is uncertain, but there are many reasons to be optimistic. With a growing number of young people engaging in politics and advocating for progressive policies, there is a real possibility for change in the years to come.

However, there are also significant challenges to be faced, including the rise of right-wing populism and the ongoing threat of climate change. Ultimately, the future of the left will depend on the ability of its leaders and supporters to mobilise and organise effectively, and to build a broad-based movement that can bring about real change.

In conclusion, Australian progressive politics has a rich and complex history, shaped by a variety of social, economic, and political factors.

Relevant References

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