‘A Sterile Debate’, Australian Left Review, Issue 140, June, 1992, pp. 30-31
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Michael Easson contends that the fundamental task remains to ‘civilise capitalism’.
One can define the Left as the non-conservative forces in society; one can also define it more narrowly as the Left traditions within the labour movement. It is apparent that there are various traditions that make up the Left of the labour movement in this country.
Various of those traditions are alive, and some, I think, are dead. Yet on the various problems and challenges facing the labour movement today, it seems to me disturbingly evident, as someone active both in the Labor Party and the trade union movement, that there is hardly any debate going on.