Former New Zealand Labour Party president Mike Williams says the party can learn from the defeat of the Australian Labor Party in the federal election.
Former Labor leader Kevin Rudd kept his Queensland seat, but the party had its worst result since 1934.
Mr Williams said the election shows that parties get punished for disunity and infighting.
He also said the ALP did not get any credit for bringing Australia through the global financial crisis without a recession.
But Mr Williams said the party did better than he expected, particularly in Queensland.