Young Fabians/Anticipations

The thick of it…

Julia GilardFirst published in Anticipations, the Young Fabian journal | Volume 17, Issue 2 | Winter 2013

Just over six months ago my time working for Australian Labor party (ALP) began. The first week started with me leaving Progress annual conference in London and ended with a Eurovision event in Sydney. Both had a similar demographic in attendance, and the latter felt very much like a home away from home. The week in between featured many of the gems that were to unfold in an election where the party changed its candidate for prime minister half way through the campaign.

Having landed (late) I was picked up by my new colleague. Before the pleasantries were over we were dialling into the weekly conference call. I was introduced as the ‘fall guy’ for the campaign. My driver turned out to be the chair of Young Labor for some of the time I had held the same position in the UK. We exchanged battle stories and tales of Trots in student politics – nothing else would have put me at such ease. On arrival I was given the essentials – a phone and hotel room key.

Within 24 hours of landing I’m back in the air and heading to Canberra. It’s budget day. Australia’s twenty-second year of continuous economic growth (started under Labor) is in full swing and everyone is in town. The rest of the G20 might look on with envy but you wouldn’t know it from the chatter- it’s all about the government cutting ‘middle class welfare’ and John Howard’s use of public money to bribe the electorate for votes. (more…)

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Ambitions for Britain’s Future

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First published on Young Fabian website 

On Monday 21 November 2011 the Young Fabian flagship pamphlet, “Ambitions for Britain’s Future” was launched by Rt Hon Liam Bryne MP, Brian Duggan, Sara Ibrahim and Mark Protherough (ICAEW) at the Chartered Accountants Hall, London.

This pamphlet is the culmination of a policy process involving hundreds of Young Fabian members and set out new ideas for Labour to champion. These policy initiatives are being offered amidst a difficult fiscal climate and so it is all the more important for politics and for Young Fabians to be ambitious for Britain’s future. (more…)