Daily Bulletin

The Conversation

  • Written by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra
The Conversation

Incoming Labor national president Wayne Swan has made it clear he will have an assertive voice in the role, as the party moves towards next year’s election.

While many in the ALP would like action on party reform, Swan says bluntly it’s not top of mind for him. “I made it very clear [in campaigning for the presidency] that party reform in the first instance was not my priority,” he says. “My priority is winning the battle of ideas.”

Looking to the rescheduled party conference in December, Swan acknowledges there will be battles on issues such as asylum seekers. But “we have to be mature about it – and I think the party will be”. “I think you’ve seen from the Labor party for the last five years a degree of unity of purpose that has been very strong, and I think that will shine through what will be very passionate debates at the national conference”.

Swan alleges that the Liberal party has been taken over by “tea party fanatics who are dedicated to actually trashing government as an institution”. He stops short of calling Malcolm Turnbull a “tea party fanatic” but says the Prime Minister is “dancing to the tune [of them] at every turn … people like Peter Dutton, people like the Institute of Public Affairs.”

Authors: Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

Read more http://theconversation.com/politics-podcast-wayne-swan-on-labors-byelection-victories-and-beyond-100896

Tug of war between survival and reproductive fitness: how chameleons become brighter without predators around

arrow_forward

South Australia's Limestone Coast was formed from the bones of dead fish. Cathedral brings the story of these caves to the stage

arrow_forward

The Conversation

Business News

Fuel free ‘power generation’ business seeks partners to roll out across the world

Australian entrepreneur, Aaron Pascoe, is about to revolutionise the world of power forever using the GGOE Mechanical Gearbox – and he is seeking partners to roll out the technology across the world...

Tess Sanders Lazarus - avatar Tess Sanders Lazarus

How Dropshipping Beauty Products Can Turn Around Your Fortunes in The Movie Industry

The Movie industry has become so popular and getting larger; this is so evident in how China, Korea, and Japan are dishing out world-class and very historical movies. The production of movies has ...

NewsServices.com - avatar NewsServices.com

Finance management in Australia

In today’s modern society, financial management ranks high as one of the most significant life skills that everyone must possess to achieve success. Money is a valuable tool that can lessen the ha...

NewsServices.com - avatar NewsServices.com