Australian Left Review

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Margins: The Burden of History


Shaun Carney


History is the key to liberation. History is an insufferable burden. Which one do you choose? That has been the essential choice facing the Labor movement since the election of the Hawke government eight years ago. The fabric of the Labor Party has been stretched in every direction as its parliamentarians have headed off this way, while the rank-and-file has gone another. Business and respectability have beckoned; ordinary suburban and provincial workers have appealed, but less so.