There has been much discussion and comment on the development of the
Australian Labor Party in recent decades. From this there has emerged a basic
agreement among commentators that the contemporary Labor Party is no longer the
Labor Party in its original sense. The Labor Party today is even very different from the
Labor Party, let us say, of the 1960s. Dean Jaensch (1989a: 21-22) insists that since
the late 1960s the Labor Party has increasingly shifted to the model which
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