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Six years of growth, no recession, highest GDP per head in the world - what could possibly go wrong?

  • Date(s)
    11 November 2013
  • Time
    4.00 - 5.30pm
  • Location
    Westminster
Six years of growth, no recession, highest GDP per head in the world - what could possibly go wrong?

Governing from the Left: Lessons from Australia

Despite economic figures in advance of any rich-world economy, the Australian Labour party suffered the ignominy of defeat at the hands of a Conservative opposition who ran a negative campaign about multiple crises: a “budget emergency”; floods of immigration; a cost of living spiraling out of control; and the dramatic ramifications on government brought about by Labor’s internal failures and warring factions.

Like many centre-left parties across the industrial world, Labor failed to find sufficient points of differentiation to hold together a broad-based coalition of voters. With just 18 months to go until the UK election, this expert roundtable will consider the lessons for the UK from both the Australian Labor Party’s time in office and their 2013 campaign.

The event will be opened by John McTernan, former head of communications to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard from 2011, having previously worked as a senior adviser to Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Harriet Harman. Richard Angell, deputy director of Progress, will also comment based on his position as an organiser for the New South Wales ALP for the duration of the 2013 federal election campaign.

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