Trans-national ties, electoral successes and bitter defeats
in Labour and the politics of Empire
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Gough Whitlam's recast Australian Labour Party (ALP) was in many ways the product of the new radical mood of the 1960s in its national, international and transnational aspects. Attuned to international developments, he was confident of providing Australians with the 'progressive national reform'. He considered 'progressive national reform' to be necessary after such a long period of Conservative domination of federal politics. By early the 1960s Britain was experiencing growing economic problems. Like Whitlam, Harold Wilson sought to end Labour's many years 'out in the cold' by establishing a 'new' and 'modern' nation. The ending of the international 'golden age' in 1973-74 deepened the country's economic gloom. Britain, like Australia, experienced serious stagflation. Between the end of 1974 and the election of May 1979 Wilson and James Callaghan continued to tackle the country's political, economic and social problems.

Labour and the politics of Empire

Britain and Australia 1900 to the present


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