Gary Lockwood’s political memoirs offer deep insight into the “raw” nature of the Australian Labor Party “machine” at probably a deeper and more revealing level than any other political historian ever has.
Gary became a member of the Shop Assistants Union at the age of 15 in early 1950’s. From those early days in his political life he has been both a witness and a player in some of the greatest upheavals and changes in Australian Labor party history. This is more so in respect to South Australian ALP politics.
I believe that you will find Mr. Lockwood’s 2011 speech to be both historically fascinating and politically compelling.