The Labor party has emerged from its three day national conference in Adelaide looking united and projecting itself as “ready to govern”.
Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek told The Conversation the ALP wants voters to see the party as “responsible and progressive”.
She says a Labor government would “work cooperatively with the trade union movement cause we share the same objective”.
“The union movement hasn’t got everything they wanted from the Labor party in this instance, but a lot of the changes we have made have been made better by the discussions that we’ve had over many months leading up to this conference,” she said.
On border security, Plibersek dismisses the use of three word slogans on both sides of the debate and argues “a more activist aid policy and more activist foreign policy” are needed to help asylum seekers.
Authors: Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra