Unreconstructed Whitlamite

The term Unreconstructed Whitlamite was a pejorative term used by members of the Hawke-Keating cabinet to describe other members of cabinet and the Australian Labor Party who professed views that were not in line with the economic rationalist orthodoxy held by the leading government figures of the day.
Susan Ryan, who held the cabinet position of Education Minister from 1984 to 1987, indicated that she had been referred to as an Unreconstructed Whitlamite during an interview as part of the Labor in Power series, created by the ABC.
The term references the previous Whitlam government, which had previously suffered a significant electoral loss, largely as a result of its record of economic management.
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