Australian Left Review


Brian Aarons


The process of fragmentation and renewal of the left, which in recent years has proceeded apace in Australia as it has throughout the world, has led to the formation of a number of left groups, tendencies and parties. In Australia, these group and parties have tended to follow an international pattern — that is, they adhere to the programs and policies of some tendency which exists in at least a number of countries, even though they may not formally be linked with an international organisation. There are, of course, specific features of the Australian left, as there are of the left in any country, but the point is that there is a definite pattern to be discerned in the re-formation of the world left, especially in the advanced capitalist states. This pattern of differentiation of the left reflects, by and large, real differences of attitude towards the present social reality and how to change it.



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