Trade unionism in Australia, as in its ideological home of the UK & Europe, is the bastard child of the industrial revolution. Prior to this you had the property owning class (aristocratic or, untitled, ‘landed gentry’) and the serfs. In between were two major groups - the city artisans & the rural yeomanry. The artisans pioneered protectionist ‘closed shop’ guild thinking & the regulated apprenticeship system. The yeomanry - often younger sons of younger sons of younger sons of nobs - had freedom from the landowners to group together & negotiate for their work: they pioneered modern ‘enterprise bargaining’.
The two merged in modern Trade Unions but not the new middle class.
The yeomanry had centuries of independence: nothing to prove & no-one to prove it to. The artisans were caught up with the freedom of the industrial revolution & discovered the trap of middle class aspiration. They fractured into the trades & the professions (bye bye to Doctors, Architects, Engineers & their ilk).
The Australian Labor Party - a Trade Union based party - draws from both of these groups but has been sucked into oblivion through the dominance of one.
As a much later child raised predominantly by my equally late born father I learned one more strongly than the other. Even my decades older siblings have never understood it. I started in a factory in my teens - I didn’t leave the trade union movement & the ALP.The trade union movement & the ALP left me.
I could set out, in detail, where the ALP has lost its way. I could argue why the Bracks & Faulkner ideas of removing the factions (& unions) is not only Teh Stupid but doomed to failure.
Instead, my Easter Egg, if you can find it, is that the ALP is underpinned by trade unionism & trade unionism is underpinned by (pre-industrial revolution) artisan & yeomanry thinking.
One of those has been replaced by a bias toward one, & with that, a thinking born of the fragility of the middle class (in & of itself a relatively new notion).
The truth is out there. Its probably unlikely to win you the next election (although polls that suggest a majority want to vote for the ALP but won’t is a clue) but an honest return that balance might set you up for the next ten years.
Happy Easter (from one of the dissenters cast outside the tent because you’d rather have weakness pointed out by the other side than listen to dissent, man up & change anything.)