Good Times, Hard Times? Making Australian Labour History, Remaking Australian Society

11th Jul 2013  - 13th Jul 2013 Unions NSW, Trades Hall, 4-10 Goulburn Street, Sydney

The 13th Biennial National Labour History Conference will be held 11-13 July 2013 at Unions NSW, Trades Hall, 4-10 Goulburn Street, Sydney.

The theme is: Good Times, Hard Times? Making Australian Labour History, Remaking Australian Society. The conference organising committee consists of Nikki Balnave, Anthony McLaughlin and Nick Dyrenfurth.

The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, together with its partners, the Business and Labour History Group at the University of Sydney, and Unions NSW, is delighted to announce our international keynote speaker, Maurice Glasman. Maurice is a Reader in Political Theory at London Metropolitan University and the author of Unnecessary Suffering: Managing Market Utopia published by Verso. He has been a key figure, along with Jon Cruddas, the head of Labour's policy review and James Purnell, in developing the idea of "Blue Labour", described in April by the New Statesman as 'the dominant intellectual influence in the Labour Party.' He describes Blue Labour as the 'renewal of the Labour tradition based upon the values of reciprocity, responsibility and labour value.' In 2010 he was elevated to the Lords as a Labour peer by Ed Miliband. Prior to his appointment he worked with London Citizens on their Living Wage campaign and is centrally involved with the reorganisation of the Labour Party with Arnie Graf.

Draft Conference Program