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From Howard to Gillard, from Blair to Brown, 1997–2010
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The Australian Labour Party's (ALP's) search for domestic success and for inspiration overseas from the triumphant Blairites proved, however, to be fruitless. Between his victory over Paul Keating in 1996 and his defeat by Rudd in 2007, it was the coalition's John Howard who continuously ruled the federal political roost. Howard continued to proclaim his attachments to Britain and the monarchy. The ALP's new leader, Kim Beazley, performed well during the election campaign and enhanced his reputation as a decent, engaging and tolerant man and politician, in contrast to the intolerance and mean-mindedness of Howard. After a 'troubled' long-term relationship with his 'boss', Gordon Brown finally achieved the leadership of New Labour in June 2007. Unlike Tony Blair, Brown was well versed in the regulatory and collective traditions of the labour movement. Brown lost the May 2010 election and subsequently resigned as leader of the British Labour Party (BLP).

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Labour and the politics of Empire

Britain and Australia 1900 to the present


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