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A modern health and social care system has to be completely focussed on the needs of its users.
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And I hope very much that the ALP will become increasingly engaged in the international discussions that are taking place amongst centre-left parties generally.
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And it seems to me in that experience may lie at least some of the clues for policy development perhaps constitutional changes as well that Labour will need to make at the national level too.
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And some of what we're doing in Government even now, some of the welfare reform programs that are helping lone mothers come into work are based on things that were very new under the Labour Government in the eighties.
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As patients and consumers, we are better informed today about our health care than any previous generation.
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But around the idea of a new centre-left, and new progressive politics that can respond, for instance to the globalisation of our economy.
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But clearly at the same time you've got to get out there and connect with voters and actually respond to the needs, the frustrations, whatever problems their now saying are not being adequately solved.
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But first things first - and first come values. We all now absolutely understand that.
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But getting your party structure right may also be a precondition for getting your policies right.
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Certainly we know from our own experience how very difficult it is when you've lost an election that perhaps a lot of people were expecting you to win.
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I am delighted and honoured to be given the job of Secretary of State for Health.
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I have very real concerns about the civil liberties implications of ultimately requiring every resident to submit themselves for compulsory fingerprinting or some other biometric test.
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I suppose the one very striking thing, you know, to a British observer is the fact that Labour is in power in every State in Australia.
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I think he was absolutely right not to go to UN last week... First things first - that is, values and people here in their local communities, and remembering all politics is local, and trusting people more.
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It was central to the modernisation of the British Labour Party was the decision that we were no longer a class based party.
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Over the next three months I will be doing a lot of listening and learning from the real experts - patients and staff. I intend to get around all parts of the NHS, finding out for myself what patients feel about the care they are receiving and shadowing staff as they carry out their duties.
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People are not perfect... very often the relationships that are strongest are those where people have worked through big crises, but they've had to work through them. So the challenge to us is to work through that.
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So there clearly is a sense in which the Labour Party here, certainly at State level is reaching out and connecting with people and reflecting the aspirations and needs of, you know the mass of ordinary Australians.
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The 2 million people who work in the NHS and social care are also themselves patients and users. I know they all want to treat patients and users the way they and their families would want to be treated and that is the purpose of our reforms.
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The accusation that we've lost our soul resonates with a very modern concern about authenticity.
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The best way of narrowing the gap in life chances is to invest in our children, and do it even before they go to school.
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There always has been an unholy alliance between extreme right and extreme left.
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We just have to be crystal clear that if we were to abandon all the reforms made over some very painful years in the Labour party, we would be consigned back to opposition.
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We're seeing quite a lot of people who really would like a return to class-based politics.
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Well I think all I would say on that is, when we were in opposition in Britain and Hawke and then Keating were in power here, Labor was in power here, we learnt a huge amount from the ALP's experience here.
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Well it's such a long time since I've lived in Australia. I wouldn't dream of trying to get engaged in those internal debates. What is very striking, given what we went through in the British Labour Party is that you had these very successful Labor federal governments for such a long time.
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You don't repair that relationship by sitting down and talking about trust or making promises. Actually, what rebuilds it is living it and doing things differently - and I think that is what is going to make the difference.
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You've got to respond to that and of course thinking through the role of a left party in the modern world, in the modern economy and society and having a policy response to that.
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