The Victorian secretary of
the Labor Party, Erik Locke, has quit, citing branch stacking in the
State party and claiming he is "embarrassed" by the party's state of
He must have a high embarrassment threshold. Locke should have
resigned red-faced last November after negotiating the disastrous
preference deal that gifted Family First a Senate seat with a miniscule
percentage of the vote – and allowed the Coalition to cobble together
its Upper House majority.