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Why Labor?

What does the Australian Labor Party stand for in 2013 and in the 21st century? And how can it convince a new generation of Australians that it has found its way? After two terms dominated by internal chaos and an inability to find or sell its ‘message’, the government now faces unprecedented challenges in the forthcoming election.

Senator Kim Carr is the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and Minister for Higher Education in the second Rudd government. With some unexpected time on the backbench following his resignation from Julia Gillard’s cabinet in March, Kim Carr penned his thoughts in A Letter to Generation Next. Join Senator Kim Carr and Sally Warhaft for an in-depth look at the culture of Australian politics, the Labor Party and the life of a federal Senator.


Portrait of Kim Carr

Kim Carr

Kim Carr has been a Labor Senator for Victoria for twenty years. He has been a member of the Australian Labor Party for nearly 40 years and a member of Australian Labor Party’s National Executive since 1994. He is a leading figure in Labor’s left faction.

Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.

The Fifth Estate

For in-depth insider analysis of current affairs, it doesn't get any better than The Fifth Estate.
This long-running series is a mainstay of the Wheeler Centre’s programme, and of public conversation in Melbourne. Our in-house news anchor Sally Warhaft hosts guests from the world of politics, culture, journalism and international relations to dissect pressing questions of policy, power and public affairs. It's a chance to give complex local and global issues the thoughtful discussion they deserve.

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