Publication Date: May 2016
RRP: $29.95
ISBN: 9781925377149
Format: Paperback
Size: 135mm x 210mm
Pages: 282
Category: Politics

How to Vote Progressive in Australia

Labor or Green?

Edited by Dennis Altman and Sean Scalmer

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Red or Green? Traditionally, Australian progressives have supported the Australian Labor Party; increasingly, the Greens appeal. What are the key differences between the parties? Is greater collaboration desirable? Is it likely?

Some progressives remain strongly committed to Labor or the Greens. Others have abandoned one or other of the parties from bitter experience. Others still are genuinely undecided, or seek to promote greater understanding and cooperation. What is the best way forward?

This volume brings together a range of party leaders, veterans, and academic experts to tackle these important questions. Deliberately pluralistic, it encompasses strongly divergent views. Dedicated to progressive change, it aims both to capture and to advance a vital public debate.

Featuring essays from Carmen Lawrence, Scott Ludlam, Van Badham, Adam Bandt, Felicity Wade, Peter Van Onselen, Andrew Giles, Ellen Sandell, Andrew Leigh, David Mejia-Canales, James Tierney, Shaun Wilson, Simon Copland, Nicholas Barry, Stewart Jackson and Narelle Miragliotta.


Dennis Altman and Sean Scalmer

Dennis Altman, a Professorial Fellow in Human Security at LaTrobe University, has published thirteen books, most recently The End of the Homosexual? and (with Jon Symons) Queer Wars. In 2006, The Bulletin listed Dennis Altman as one of the 100 most influential Australians ever, and he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008. Dennis’s latest book is Unrequited Love: Diary of an Accidental Activist.

Sean Scalmer teaches History at the University of Melbourne. His books include Dissent EventsThe Little History of Australian Unionism and Gandhi in the West. He is a co-editor of the journal Moving the Social.