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A New Voice for Labor

December 9, 2011

There has been a great deal of discussion within the Labor Party about the need to provide rank and file members with more opportunities to debate policy ideas and initiatives, so that we can continue to be an innovative political force.

Voice is the new Centre Unity journal of ideas and discussion. It seeks to encourage robust and meaningful policy debate, to stimulate the development of ideas and to advance a Labor vision for our state and nation.

I have the privilege of being the editorial adviser for Voice.

In our first two editions we’ve examined the relationship between Whitlam and NSW Labor, the stewardship of our economy by Wayne Swan, the infrastructure needs of Western Sydney, reform of our housing system, and the challenges of an aging population.

Each edition has also presented six big policy ideas to provoke our readership into considering these issues within Labor’s agenda.

Voice is now taking on a new direction. In the spirit of encouraging greater and more robust debate, Voice has embraced the digital age and launched a website to engage with our readership online.

Readers are able to comment on articles, to debate the ideas and to share their points of view.

More importantly, readers are able to share their voices by submitting articles online for publication in Voice.

I encourage you to visit the website at

I’d also encourage you to share your voice by submitting a piece for publication.

You should strive to write well: capture big ideas with short declarative sentences; avoid clichés; use forceful, simple and graceful language. Read George Orwell’s essay, Politics and the English Language.

One Comment
  1. Mark Powell permalink
    December 9, 2011 11:15 am

    If we as the ALP rank and file can have a say without facing rule A36 a would be great start.

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