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Labor Pains - Volume 1

Labor Pains - Volume 1

Early conference and executive reports of the Labor Party in New South Wales

Edited by Michael Hogan

CONTENTSREVIEWS
In the 1890s the trade union movement in New South Wales began a serious attempt to create something quite new – what we now recognise as a modern political party.

Labor Pains is the documentary story of the early years of the Australian Labor Party, a developing and detailed narrative told from contemporary press reports.

The debate on the party’s shape and future direction is uninhibited as leaders argue diverse points of view. Internal democracy ensures a remarkably consensual resolution of issues.

The great political issues resonate a century later: racial stereotyping and immigration policy; free trade and protection; Australia’s role in imperial wars.

Many of the debating topics have a similar, familiar, modern ring: branch stacking; rivalry between branch members and trade union delegates; tension between members of parliament and the extra-parliamentary party; clashes between idealism and political expediency.

Labor Pains climaxes in 1905 when the Australian Labor Party becomes the main opposition party in the New South Wales Parliament.

See Labor Pains Series link, to the right, for details of other Volumes.

Sesquicentenary 1856-2006 Responsible Government in New South Wales   A NSW Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government publication.


    CONTENTS

    • The Birth of a Modern Political Party
    • Labor Electoral - League Platform and Rules
    • Labor Electoral League of New South Wales - First Annual Conference, 26-30 January 1892
    • Labor Electoral League of New South Wales - Second Annual Conference, 27-28 January 1893
    • Labor Electoral League of New South Wales Special Conference, 9 November 1893
    • Labor Electoral League of New South Wales Annual Conference, 10-15 March 1894
    • Labor Electoral League of New South Wales Annual Conference, 25-29 January 1895
    • Political Labor League of New South Wales Special LEL Conference and Inaugural PLL Convention, Sydney, 24-25 May 1895
    • Political Labour League of New South Wales Annual Conference, 25-29 January 1896
    • Political and Labor League of New South Wales Annual Conference, 25-27 January 1897
    • The Political Labor League of NSW Annual Conference, Newcastle, 26-27 January 1898
    • Political Labor League of New South Wales Annual Conference, Bulli/Woonona, 31 March 1899
    • Political Labor League of NSW Special Conference, Sydney, 28-29 July 1899
    • Federal Labor Party Inaugural Interstate Conference Sydney, 24-25 January 1900
    • Political Labor League Sydney, Annual Conference, 26-27 January 1900
    • Political Labor League Annual Conference 26 January – 1 February 1901
    • Political Labor League of New South Wales Annual Conference, 27 January-4 February 1902
    • Political Labor League of New South Wales Annual Conference, 26 January-4 February 1903
    • Political Labor League of New South Wales Annual Conference, 26 January-3 February 1904
    • Political Labor League of New South Wales Annual Conference, 30 January-6 February 1905

    REVIEWS

    Students of the early Labor Party in New South Wales will welcome the convenience of this new book. Previously the Party’s early conference and executive reports were only available from the daily and labour press. They are sometimes difficult to find from these sources, which varied in the completeness of their coverage. This book brings all of the most complete reports together for the first time …
    Michael Hogan’s introductions are extremely helpful, based on a detailed understanding of the early workings of the party. He distils the main themes of the conferences in the general introduction: control of the party, party rules, platform and policy, and internal democracy. …
    This is a laudable publication. It has been handsomely produced with virtually no typographical errors.

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    Published 8 January 2007
    Publisher The Federation Press
    Hardback/536pp
    ISBN 9781862876279
    Australian RRP $66.00
    International Price $60.00
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