The retiring ALP stalwart reflects on her party’s turbulent past, overcoming disappointment and ministerial achievements

• Jenny Macklin on 23 years as a Labor MP – Australian politics live podcast

Jenny Macklin wants to talk about time. Time to serve in public life, time to move on from it and contemplate another contribution. Time to think. Time to make the sort of policy that changes lives. And time to endure the inevitable disappointments – and forgive.

Given how fast time moves in politics now, given the relentlessness of everything, it is possible to forget that Macklin was the first Australian woman to be appointed deputy leader of a major Australian political party.

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