Labor’s Anthony Albanese has been elected Australia’s prime minister just as the economy looks set to plunge into a recession. To avert the worst effects, he’ll need the audacity to transform production — which means taking on the right wing of his own party.
Guy Rundle is correspondent at large for Crikey and an editor at Arena. His most recent book is Practice: Selected Journalism, Essays and Criticism (Black Inc, 2019).
The 1975 “dismissal” of Gough Whitlam by the Queen’s representative, Sir John Kerr, is one of the defining moments in Australia’s modern history. It also forms part of a Cold War history that saw left-wing governments around the globe punished for daring to break with US hegemony.
Adem Somyurek was sacked from his position in the Australian Labor Party last week for alleged branch-stacking. It’s the latest indicator of how Labor has been emptied of all mass politics and become a forum for factional power brokers to vie for control of the creaking party machine.
3-D printing in its current form could be a return to “small is beautiful” drudgery, but it has the potential to do much more.
When Black Friday devours Thanksgiving, capitalism consumes one of its sustaining myths.