Martin Pakula, Crean’s opponent in Hotham: “Clearly there are
some people who associate with Simon who are likely to want some
payback, but I urge them not to… I’ve worked in the labour movement
my entire waking life and I intend to continue. In what capacity, I
don’t know.”

Neal Blewett, former Health Minister in the Hawke Government: “This sort of factional fighting is still damaging to the party.”

John Button, former Industry Minister in the Hawke/Keating Government:
“It’s a very good thing that Simon won so convincingly… Crean,
whatever people say about him, has been a very good member of
parliament… It’s a bit of a kybosh in the idea that the renewal of
the party begins with Martin Pakula… I don’t think any (leadership)
challengers are likely to use the Hotham poll (to challenge Beazley).”

Simon Crean, former Labor leader (on ABC radio this morning): “If
I didn’t stand up to them [the factions] no one would… People are
cheering for a bit of democracy and a bit of rank and file control. He
[Stephen Conroy] has been such a divisive force. He’s undermined my
leadership. He undermined Mark Latham’s leadership.”

Peter Fray

Get your first 12 weeks of Crikey for $12.

Without subscribers, Crikey can’t do what it does. Fortunately, our support base is growing.

Every day, Crikey aims to bring new and challenging insights into politics, business, national affairs, media and society. We lift up the rocks that other news media largely ignore. Without your support, more of those rocks – and the secrets beneath them — will remain lodged in the dirt.

Join today and get your first 12 weeks of Crikey for just $12.


Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey