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Comrade — It’s Time Again!

Moderator: Paul Bongiorno • Christine Sykes, Jenny Hocking, John Faulkner and Paul Kelly

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Whitlam Government being elected to office. Our panel talks all things Gough and reflects on our country’s identity and what we want from our leaders now and into the future.

Labor People launch
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Book Launch: Labor People by Chris Bowen (Gleebooks, Sydney)

TO BE LAUNCHED BY JOHN FAULKNER

With moderator Louise Adler

In Labor People, Chris Bowen brings to life six great Australians and servants of their party and tells their story. Spanning the 1890s to the 1970s, in paying tribute to these Labor warriors, he also tells an important part of the history of Labor and Australia.

Read more about Labor People here

*Please note this is an online event. RSVP here


Chris BowenChris Bowen is one of Labor’s most experienced parliamentarians.  He entered Parliament in 2004 and has held a wide range of portfolios, including being Treasurer, Shadow Treasurer, Minister for Immigration and Minister for Tertiary Education.

He served as Interim Leader of the Labor Party in 2013 and is currently Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

He has degrees in economics, international relations and the Indonesian language.  He is the author of three previous books: Hearts and Minds (2013), The Money Men (2015) and On Charlatans (2021).

He lives in Smithfield in Western Sydney with his wife Rebecca, their children Grace and Max and two very cheeky Labradors Ollie and Toby.

John FaulknerJohn Faulkner joined the Labor Party as a teenager and worked as a teacher of children with severe disabilities.

In 1980 he became the NSW ALP Assistant General Secretary and then a Senator – from 1989 until his retirement in 2015. He was a cabinet minister in the Keating Government holding the Environment, Sport and Territories portfolio from 1994 to 1996. After the defeat of the Keating Government he was Leader of the Opposition in the Senate until 2004.

John was elected National President of the ALP in 2006 and remained in that position until the election of the Rudd Government.

He served in the Rudd & Gillard Governments – as Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State (2007 to 2009) and then as Minister for Defence (2009 to 2010) until his retirement from cabinet.

Louise AdlerLouise Adler is a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University and Publisher at Large for Hachette. She is the proud publisher of four books by Chris Bowen.


Chris Bowen
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Labor People: In Conversation with Chris Bowen MP

ONLINE EVENT

Join Labor MP Chris Bowen (Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy and former Treasurer), in conversation with our Executive Director Nick Dyrenfurth discussing Chris’s new book ‘Labor People: The Stories of Six True Believers’ (Monash University Publishing). Attendees will be eligible for a discounted copy of this fascinating Labor history.


Chris Bowen is one of Labor’s most experienced parliamentarians.  He entered Parliament in 2004 and has held a wide range of portfolios, including being Treasurer, Shadow Treasurer, Minister for Immigration and Minister for Tertiary Education.

He served as Interim Leader of the Labor Party in 2013 and is currently Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

He has degrees in economics, international relations and the Indonesian language.  He is the author of three previous books: Hearts and Minds (2013), The Money Men (2015) and On Charlatans (2021).

He lives in Smithfield in Western Sydney with his wife Rebecca, their children Grace and Max and two very cheeky Labradors Ollie and Toby.


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Chris Bowen discusses Labor People with Andrew Leigh MP (Zoom)

Join Chris Bowen and Andrew Leigh as they discuss Labor People: The Stories of Six True Believers on Thursday, November 11.

In Labor People, Chris Bowen brings to life six great Australians and servants of their party and tells their story. Spanning the 1890s to the 1970s, in paying tribute to these Labor warriors, he also tells an important part of the history of Labor and Australia.

Labor People review
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IA BOOK CLUB REVIEW: Chris Bowen’s ‘Labor People’

Craig Minns unpacks Chris Bowen’s Labor People: The Stories of Six True Believers, which keenly reflects the lives of six influential Labor Party members.

THE AUSTRALIAN Labor Party is Australia’s oldest political party, with a proud history of grassroots activism that continues to this day. Author Chris Bowen does a wonderful job of exploring the lives of six ordinary members of the party who made extraordinary contributions to that history.