‘Victory in war, victory in peace’. So declared the ALP’s 1943 federal election motto. The Australian people responded favourably – John Curtin’s wartime leadership was rewarded at the federal election held 75 years ago on 21 August 1943. Labor enjoyed its greatest victory federally. Tragically, Curtin was denied the opportunity to realise his vision, dying in July 1945. But Curtin and his successor Ben Chifley laid the groundwork for post-war reconstruction and a near-three decades long economic boom which followed.
Seventy-five years on from the 1943 election, and with the Liberal government a shambles, what should a prospective Shorten Labor Government do? Australia needs a government that can get on with the job. We’ve crafted a list of seven key policies a Labor Government under Bill Shorten should push to make Australia a richer, fairer, better, more democratic country – a wish list – John Curtin might prosecute if PM today.