||'Primal Socialist Innocence and the Fall'?: the ALP Left in Leichhardt Municipality in the 1980s.
||Labour History; May2004, Issue 86, p53-73, 21p, 1 Black and White Photograph
||During the 1970's and the early 1980's, hundreds of people flooded into the Australian Labor Party (ALP) branches of the municipality of Leichhardt. They constituted a new element of the ALP Left, influenced to one degree or another by the social movements of the late 1960's and early 1970's or by the experience of the Gough Whitlam government. They became locked into a fierce struggle for power with local political machines, and behind them a state ALP branch, dominated by the Labor Right. In the early 1980's, when the moment of power arrived, this Left fell into bitter disarray, fragmenting along a spectrum that spilled out of the party. This tale of political "innocence" and "fall" traces through the loss of the municipal council and state parliamentary seat and is dramatically symbolized in the struggle over the future of one of the most significant labor (and Labor) history sites: Mort's Dock. As such it reveals the historically contingent nature of the "middle-classing" of the ALP during this period. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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