The Australian, December 8, 2012
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The main political parties in Australia are in flux. Membership is low and it is harder to recruit and retain members. Branch meetings are boring; members are of an older demographic. In recent Labor Party elections in NSW, for the first time in 50 years many polling booths went unstaffed. In certain country electorates there is barely any Labor Party presence at all.
The NSW Right of the ALP is the grand old faction that kept Gough Whitlam in the party in the 1960s, co-opted Bob Hawke and Kim Beazley, and created Paul Keating. Across 70 years, a string of NSW premiers came from this group or were co-opted into it.