Not so unlikely

In view of the decreasing influence of unions in the party that is looking less unlikely now.

What any new name might be is uncertain, but given that the party seems to have lost its way and not to stand for anything much other than its own survival, even this latter name must be in doubt now.

With an Australian electorate that is turning to the right; the middle class desperate to hang on to any perks and scared to rock the boat, and the lower class under pressure from a rampant Abbott-Hockey government, Labor with its new leader has made itself a bit more irrelevant.

It adopted the absurd and fettering Rudd-inspired requirement to have an election of both the caucus and an ever-dwindling membership whenever change of leadership comes up.

It is time the ALP reverted to its original or once-asserted charter of representing the underdog and minimising inequality.