Successes and failures
in Labour and the politics of Empire
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The Australian Labour Party (ALP) and the British Labour Party (BLP) experienced mixed, fluctuating and sharply contrasting fortunes, both domestically and comparatively, between 1980 and 2010. The 1980s were also extremely successful years for Labour at the state level. From the mid 1990s to the end of the decade Labour suffered defeats in most of the states, although it recaptured its former hegemony in New South Wales. The most recent British general election, of May 2010, however, has seen Gordon Brown, who succeeded Tony Blair in 2007, defeated by the self-professed 'modern' and 'progressive' Conservative David Cameron. Cameron dismissed Brown's Labour Party as 'reactionary', as mired in 'the old ways of command and control'. In Australia the easy-going and popular Bob Hawke brought much needed healing powers and firm, but largely consensual, leadership to the ALP.

Labour and the politics of Empire

Britain and Australia 1900 to the present


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