The Australian Labor Party is not in quite so parlous a state of spinelessness against the reigning neocon agenda as the Democrat party is in the USA, but neither party can be called either honestly progressive or clear on what they actually do stand for, except for not being conservatives.
Good article examining the Dems from Pam's House Blend, riffing of Bob Burnett at the Huffington Post (he made an embarassing error claiming a dearth of terrorist targets in Virginia, home of the Pentagon and the CIA just for starters, but the rest of his points are dead on).
Definite food for thought for our own so-called progressive Labor pollies. Grow a fucking spine if you want our votes.
(Thanks ahmo for the tip)