The Australian Labor Party

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The Australian Labor Party (ALP) is the oldest political party in Australia, and the
only one to have continuously existed since Federation in 1901. It is categorised in
the family of centre–left or social-democratic political parties and is a key part of
the Australian party system. As outlined in Chapter 7, political parties are integral
parts of a modern liberal democracy. Critically, parties are sites of ideological
contest and remain key political actors in the contest of ideas, values and policies
that shape the future of Australia. Whether in government or in opposition, the
ALP is a central political source of progressive ideas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian Government and Politics
EditorsAlan Fenna, Rob Manwaring
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780655700753
ISBN (Print)9780655700746
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Australian Labor Party
  • Labour politics
  • Ideology of the Australian Labor Party
  • Rise and history of the Australian Labor Party
  • Structure and organisation of the Australian Labor Party
  • Key debates and the future of the Australian Labor Party


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