A follower of this site is also the blogger of Blogging the Bookshelf
It is normally a relatively free flowing and eclectic collection of quotes lifted from various sources.
More recently he has been embedded in Ross McMullin's history of the ALP Light on the Hill. For something I am writing I went off in search of the book - I have borrowed it from Macquarie Uni but definitely will find my own copy now (Abe books have a few).
Two quotes of quotes I found interesting;
1. Quoting Henry Boote editor of the Australian Worker in 1905
The movement must become consciously socialistic ... It must drop all pretensions to be statesmanlike and continue to be agitative. Discontent is still the divine gospel; we are all doomed as soon as we congratulate ourselves.
(This was in the context of whether the ALP should seek to govern in coalitions. As stated though, especially the last sentence, it is very descriptive of the NSW Right.)
2. Chifley to the NSW Conference 10 June 1951, after expressing hope that the defeats of 1949 and 1951 had "not discouraged members of the Labor Movement from fighting for what they think is right, whether it brings victory to the Party or not." He accused some ALP members of
trying to get over as far as possible to the right without becoming opposed to the Labor Party ... we had examples in the past 15 months ... of people shifting their ground. No one has any admiration for people who shift ground ... You have to be quite clear about what you believe in, whether popular or unpopular, and you have to fight for it ... if I think a thing is worth fighting for, no matter what the penalty may be, I will fight for the right, and truth and justice will always prevail.>/em>
(The context was the decision of the Federal Executive to change its mind from opposition to support of the Communist Party Dissolution Bill. Chifley's and Evatt's opposition to the Bill was not formed on the basis of support for communism but for the process employed of declaration and the removal of political rights.
The quote is one the likes of Mark Arbib and Karl Bitar should pay attention to - look what the stance on the ETS did to the party!)
Novae Meridianae Demetae Dexter delenda est