Leaked details of the Australian Labor Party’s internal review have called for the party to support gay marriage and to show greater leadership on climate change to win back votes lost at the last federal election.

According to The Australian newspaper, the ALP’s 2010 National Review — conducted by former premiers Bob Carr (NSW) and Steve Bracks (Victoria), and Senator John Faulkner — has made a series of recommendations including supporting gay marriage as a strategy to win back the party’s progressive credentials.

“In particular, [the report] argues that Labor must develop a specific strategy to target voters lost to the Greens by advocating action on climate change and support for gay marriage, and to improve communication of Labor’s ‘history of successful progressive reform’ in targeted seats,” The Australian reported.

The review was commissioned by the ALP’s national executive last September following Labor’s federal election near loss and to help rebuild the party’s support base.

The issue of same-sex marriage is likely to be hotly debated at the ALP National Conference later this year.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has consistently stated her opposition to overturning the ban on same-sex marriage in Australia.

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