Labor in Vain: Is the Party Over?

The recent decline in the ALP's Federal vote has prompted several commentators to seek an explanation of this state of affairs. The sustained electoral decline threatens to be an apparently terminal situation for this venerable plank of our bi-polar democratic political system. The Federal ALP polled a primary vote of 50% back in 1943; & it was mostly in the high 40s from the 1950s to the 1980s. Yet between 1990 and 2019 the ALP dropped into the 30s. Indeed the ALP has not won a majority of federal seats since 2007, so is the party over? In five sessions we will explore the issue of the consistent erosion of Labor support, within the context of debates of the role of Socialism in Western societies.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Dimensions of "the problem", The fate of Western 'left-of-centre' / 'Socialist Parties'
  • What is Socialism?, Four Phases of Socialism? - a framework for analysis
  • 'Demographic Changes' vs. 'The Aspirational Voter' as explanations of the decline of ALP voting, The impact of changing demographics – a 'Vanishing Base'
  • A Closer Look at 'Aspirational Voters', The Lure of the Market - cars, houses, self-employment
  • What is Left?, Prospects for the Future - Labor Voting & Socialist Politics

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