Who We Are

About Labor

For 120 years Labor has been the force of fairness, equality and reform in Australia.

The Australian Labor Party has its roots in the workers’ rights movements of the late 19th Century. Many decades of struggle and suppression motivated organised labour to establish Labor Electoral Leagues to pursue political representation - all for the betterment of Australian working men and women.

Queensland has always played a central role in the Labor story.  From the shearers strike culminating in the first gathering of Labor members under the Tree of Knowledge in Barcaldine in 1891, to the first Labor Government in 1899; the Labor Party has a strong and colourful history in Queensland.

We can rightly claim to be Australia’s oldest continuing political party.

Our Nation in the 20th Century is marked by significant Labor reforms. From workers’ rights and entitlements, like the minimum wage, superannuation and annual leave, to anti-discrimination laws and universal health and education systems – the Labor Party has always been the party of equality, opportunity, fairness and reform.

It is with these principles and values that we confront the challenges of the 21st Century.

Labor in Modern Queensland

Successive Labor Leaders – Wayne Goss, Peter Beattie, Anna Bligh and Annastacia Palaszczuk – have risen to the challenge of changing Queensland from the corrupt and closed State it was under the conservative Bjelke-Petersen Government. Today, because of Labor, Queensland can boast nation-leading integrity and public accountability laws, a strong economy generating jobs, a modern health and education system, more than 8 million hectares of national park, and protected the Great Barrier Reef.

Enduring values

Following the 2015 election, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor have worked hard to restore confidence in the Queensland economy and overseen the creation of 60,000 jobs during the first year of government. Working Queenslanders know that they once again have a Government that places top priority in the dignity of work, job security and workplace health and safety. The Palaszczuk Governments stands for the Labor values of fairness, equality and social justice.