John Cain has recently called on the ALP to stamp out the "alarming" abuses of power revealed in the Labor-dominated Brimbank council. His observations about the culture of the Labor Party in Brimbank and the deadening hand of factionalism should be provoking a positive debate about what sort of a Party we want to shape to ensure that it reflects the hopes and desires of the Australian populace.

It wasn’t always like this.