How to Vote Progressive

13124997_607205099437710_49649285910529369_nI was delighted to be asked to provide a contribution to the new book How to Vote Progressive: Labor or Green? 

In my first ever appearance in a book I argue that the very nature of a capitalist democratic system halts the potential for real left-wing governance. Given this it does not matter who enters into Government, as the system itself disconnects politicians from the general community. The left therefore needs to find new ways of interacting with Government, working hard to pull it left when possible, but focusing more on breaking down its power.


You can get your copy of the book here. I’m excited to be joining so many other great contributors for is an excellent collection.


About the book

Red or Green? Traditionally, Australian progressives have supported the Australian Labor Party; increasingly, the Greens appeal. What are the key differences between the parties? Is greater collaboration desirable? Is it likely?

How to vote progressive

Some progressives remain strongly committed to Labor or the Greens. Others have abandoned one or other of the parties from bitter experience. Others still are genuinely undecided, or seek to promote greater understanding and cooperation. What is the best way forward?

This volume brings together a range of party leaders, veterans, and academic experts to tackle these important questions. Deliberately pluralistic, it encompasses strongly divergent views. Dedicated to progressive change, it aims both to capture and to advance a vital public debate.

Featuring essays from Carmen Lawrence, Scott Ludlam, Van Badham, Adam Bandt, Felicity Wade, Peter Van Onselen, Andrew Giles, Ellen Sandell, Andrew Leigh, David Mejia-Canales, James Tierney, Shaun Wilson, Simon Copland, Nicholas Barry, Stewart Jackson and Narelle Miragliotta