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Australian Labor Party (1891 - )

From
1891
Functions
Political Party
Alternative Names
  • ALP (Accronym)
  • Labor Party
  • Labour Electoral League
  • Labour Party
  • Political Labor Council
  • United Labour Party
Website
http://www.alp.org.au

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The Australian Labor Party is the oldest existing political party in Australia. It emerged out of the various electoral organisations formed by trade unions and socialists across the Australian colonies. The name Australian Labor Party was adopted in 1908. It enjoyed immediate success and remains a dominant political force in Australia.

The ALP is historically committed to socialism, but has been inconsistant in both theory and practice in this regard.

See L.F. Crisp, The Australian Federal Labor Party 1901-1951 (1955); Ross McMullin The Light on the Hill (1991); Stuart Macinytre, 'Who are the True Believers?' Labour History (1996).

Resources

Books

  • The Worker's first seventy years, Australian Workers' Union, Brisbane, 1960. Image PDF Details
  • Barcan, Alan, Socialist Left in Australia 1949 - 1959, Australian Political Studies Association, Sydney, 1960. Image PDF Details
  • Catley, Robert & McFarlane, Bruce, From Tweedledum to Tweedledee, The new Labor government in Australia, A critique of its social model, Australia and New Zealand Book Company, Sydney, 1974, 1-13 pp. PDF Details
  • Childe, Vere Gordon, How labour governs, A study of workers' representation in Australia, 1923 edn, The Labour Publishing Company, London, 188 pp. PDF Details
  • Ross, Lloyd, Labor in the post-war world, Sydney, 1942. Image PDF Details

Book Sections

  • Foster, Darryl, 'The loans affair', in Wheelwright, E.L & Buckley, K (ed.), Essays in the political economy of Australian capitalism, volume two, 1978 edn, vol. 2, Australia & New Zealand Book Company, 1978, pp. 81-6. Image PDF Details
  • Playford, John, 'Who rules Australia?', in John Playford & Douglas Krisner (ed.), Australian capitalism: towards a socialist critique, Penguin Books, Ringwood, 1972, pp. 108-155. Details
  • Webb, Sidney and Beatrice, 'Extract', in Austin, A.G. (ed.), The Webbs' Australian Diary 1898, 1898. Image PDF Details

Correspondences

  • Letter to H.H. Champion, President, Socialist Party, Melbourne, . Image PDF Details

Fliers

  • Australian Labor Party, Keep Victoria Nuclear Free, 1985. Image PDF Details

Journals

  • Labor Militant, vol. 3, no. 2, Labor Militant [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, June 1983. Image PDF Details
  • Labor Militant, Labor Militant [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, August 1983. Image PDF Details
  • Labor Militant, vol. 3, no. 6, Labor Militant [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, October. Image PDF Details
  • Labor Militant, vol. 3, no. 3, Labor Militant [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, July 1984. Image PDF Details
  • Labor Militant, vol. 4, no. 4, Labor Militant [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, June 1984. Image PDF Details
  • Labor Militant, vol. 4, no. 2, Labor Militant [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, April 1984. Image Image PDF PDF Details
  • Labor Militant, vol. 4, no. 6, Labor Militant [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, August 1984. Image PDF Details
  • Labor Militant, vol. 4, no. 7, Labor Militant [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, September 1984. Image PDF Details
  • Labor Militant, vol. 4, no. 8, Labor Militant [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, October 1984. Image PDF Details
  • Labor Militant, vol. 4, no. 9, Labor Militant [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, Novermber 1984. Image PDF Details
  • Labor Militant, vol. 4, no. 5, Labor Militant [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, July 1984. Image PDF Details
  • Labor Militant, vol. 4, no. 1, March 1984. Image PDF Details

Lectures

  • Richardson, Bill, Labour Day - Its significance and the life and times of E.J. [Edward John] Holloway, 1971. Image PDF Details

Manifestos

Newspapers

  • Direct Action 33, no. 33, Socialist Workers League, Sydney, 21 December 1972. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 31, no. 31, Socialist Workers League, Sydney, 23 November 1972. Image PDF Details
  • Direct Action 32, no. 32, Socialist Workers League, Sydney, 7 December 1972. Image PDF Details
  • Socialist, Socialist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], sydney, June 1974. Image PDF Details
  • Socialist, Socialist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, May 1974. Image PDF Details
  • The Sentinel (ed.), The Sentinel, The Sentinel; This copy courtesy Viola Wilkins, Melbourne, 28 January, 1991, 1 pp. PDF Details

Newspaper Articles

  • 'What We Really Want', The Worker, 14 December 1895. Transcript HTML Transcript PDF Details
  • 'To Democratic Writers, Union Secretaries and Others', Tocsin, 2 November 1897. Transcript HTML Transcript PDF Details
  • '[Initial Editorial]', Labor Call; Official Organ of the Political Labor Council of Victoria, 1 November 1906. Transcript HTML Transcript PDF Details
  • 'Communist-Labor affiliation; will guarantee promise of Teheran Pact', Guardian; offical organ Victorian State Committee Australian Communist Party (Melbourne), no. 133, 17 March 1944. Image PDF Details
  • 'Why we seek unity with Labor Party', Guardian; offical organ Victorian State Committee Australian Communist Party (Melbourne), no. 1944, 28 January 1944. Image PDF Details
  • 'Labor unity spells victory; why Communist Party seeks ALP affiliation', Guardian; offical organ Victorian State Committee Australian Communist Party (Melbourne), no. 127, 4 February 1944. Image PDF Details
  • 'The Tocsin's Platform', Tocsin, 2 November 1897. Transcript HTML Transcript PDF Details
  • Dyson, Edward, 'The Political Progressive League', Bull-ant (Melbourne), 11 June 1891. Image PDF Details
  • Kerr, George and Barber, George P., 'The 'Statement' of 1905', The Worker [Queensland], 1905. Transcript HTML Transcript PDF Details
  • Norman, Leslie A., and McKain, A, '[Initial Editorial]', Boomerang (Melbourne), 1884. Transcript HTML Transcript PDF Details
  • Radical, 'A Plea for Unity', The Pioneer, A. Timmann., Adelaide, 1 October 1892, p. 1. Image PDF Details

Pamphlets

  • Challenge - Mr. Holman, Political Labor League, Sydney, 1916. Image PDF Details
  • Why not a referendum on prices?, Worker Print, Brisbane, 1951. Image PDF Details
  • The moral and political issues involved in Vietnam and conscription‚Ķ, Australian Labor Party, Melbourne, 1966. images PDF Details
  • Dr. Cairns, J. F., Vietnam: Is It Truth We Want?, Victorian Branch of the Australian Labor Party, Melbourne, August 1965. images PDF Details
  • Blake, J.D., The great coal strike of 1949, Newsletter Printery, Sydney, August 1949. Image PDF Details
  • Carr, Bob, Social Democracy and Australian Labor, N.S.W. Labor Day Committee, Sydney, circa 1978, 23 pp. PDF Details
  • Dickie, Rev. A.M.; James, Rev. V.; Hartley, Rev. F.J., You can't ban peace! To the Victorian Executive of the ALP, Australian Peace Council, 1950. Image PDF Details
  • Fox, Len, Vote Yes: For Homes and Jobs!, Communist Party of Australia [This scan courtesy of Mike Williss], Sydney, 1944, 10 pp. PDF Details
  • Hill, E.F., The H-Bomb Japanese Rearmament & You, Current Book Distributors [This scan courtesy of Mike Williss], Sydney, 1954?, 16 pp. PDF Details
  • Holland, Harry, 'To the Electors': West Sydney Federal Election: The International Socialist Party, 1910. Transcript HTML Transcript PDF Details
  • Labor Anti-war Committee, Labor's case against war and fascism, Industrial Print, Melbourne, c1935. Image PDF Details
  • McPhillips, Jack, Penal Powers: Menzies' Weapon Against Unions and Wages, Current Book Distributors [This scan courtesy of Mike Williss], Sydney, August, 16 pp. PDF Details
  • McPhillips, Jack, Penal Powers Cost Unionists ¬£1,000,000!, Current Book Distributors [This scan courtesy of Mike Williss], Sydney, September. PDF Details
  • Tom Tunnecliffe, Successful Socialism., Tocsin Office [This scan courtesy of the University of Melbourne Library], Melbourne, 1901, 83 pp. PDF Details

Papers

  • The Political Censorship of Newspapers and the Intimidation and Repression of Student Editors: Background Information, Student Unionism Network Defence Committee, 1996. PDF Details

Photographs

  • Women's Organising Committee of the Political Labour League, Sydney, 1905. Image PDF Details

Platforms

Policy Statements

  • Evatt, H.V., Labor's plan for World Peace; declarations and discussion of the Hobart Conference, Sydney, 1955. Image PDF Details

Posters

  • Conscription and Vietnam: a public discussion with Ray Taylor, Jim Cairns, Glen Tomasetti and Ian Turner, May 1966. Image PDF Details

Statements

Online Resources

See also

  • Australian Labour Federation Platform, 1890. Transcript HTML Transcript PDF Details
  • 'The class war', The Australian Workman (Sydney), vol. 2, no. 59, 7 November 1891, p. 1. Image PDF Details
  • 'Dog eats dog', New Order (Sydney), 23 June 1894, p. 4. Image PDF Details
  • 'Editorial', The Tocsin (Melbourne), vol. 1, no. 1, 2 October 1897. Image PDF Details
  • Kendall, F. C., 'Stand together, men, as brothers', The Australian Workman, vol. 1, no. 30, 18 April 1891, p. 1. Image PDF Details
  • McDougall, The Trend of the Ages and Other Verse [extracts], Labor Call Print, Melbourne, 1922. Image PDF Details
  • Spence, William Guthrie, The ethics of new unionism, Martin and Grose, Creswick, 1892, 10 pp. Image PDF Details
  • Walshe, R.D., The Eureka Stockade, 1854 - 1954, Current Book Distributors, Sydney, 1954. Image PDF Details