Six years after Bob Hawke's victory, what is the ALP ? Since 1983 almost every component of the ethos, structure and practice of the Labor Party has been questioned, changed, ignored or abandoned. The changes include new policies, new sources of support, a transformation of doctrine and significant alterations to the way the party decides on policy. Journalists, the Opposition and rank-and-file party members have had much to say about the fate of Australia's oldest party but few can give the voter a full picture of what has happened, why it happened and where it's leading. "The Hawke--Keating hijack" goes beyond the rhetoric to reveal the forces behind the remaking of Labor politics.