Australia will go to the polls this year, most likely resulting in a Bill Shorten Labor government. With the exception of a few progressive concessions from the ALP, their platform will not leave much for those of us longing for a mainstream left-wing choice. Instead, voters will have the option to choose between a self-indulgent and self-destructive conservative party in the LNP and a fairly uninspiring centrist party all too willing to play it safe in the ALP.
How did Labor stray so far from its progressive roots?
As policies presented at the recent ALP National Conference show, Labor is not "the light on the hill" that Chifley spoke of all those years ago.