Kerr writes:

Labor bunfight.
Roll up, roll up! “Find out how the ALP actually operates
(factions, stacks, administration committee, state conference, head office etc
explained,” the flyer screams. “Work to end branch stacking and for free and
democratic preselection processes”. It’s a promo for a forum featuring Simon
Crean, MHR for Hotham and former ALP leader, Ann
Corcoran, the MHR for Isaacs, and Eric Dearicott from the Victorian ALP Administrative
Committee to be held in Melbourne on May 28. It should be a beauty.
Very useful. And we’re also interested to note that it “Includes morning tea,
sausage sizzle lunch, vegetarian alternative available”.

New South Wales Liberals are reacting very seriously to Wendy Harmer’s
weekend talk about contesting Brad Hazzard’s northern beaches seat of Wakehurst.
Harmer has excellent contacts in many of the traditional Liberal support bases
– rugby league and the surf clubs – and is seen as a definite threat. The NSW
Liberals are in striking distance of the beleaguered Premier Morris Iemma, but after
Pittwater can’t lose any more of their own seats if they want to win

North Shore rumbles. North Shore Liberal Andrew
Humpherson is now feeling quite secure in Davidson against his challengers –
but Manly may still be problematic. Reports of Bill Heffernan sightings in
the seat over the weekend have come into Crikey. Is the subtle behaviour of the
PM’s headkicker called for at the moment?

Another problem for the NSW Libs. The sensibilities of the bourgeoisie
of Sydney Town will no doubt be offended by the news that Liberal MLC and
leader of the Christian Right, David Clark, will be the special guest at the
annual Members and Supporters’ Dinner of Fred Nile’s CDP.

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Recipe of the Day. In recognition of just how big a slice of pie the Macquarie Bank’s directors are getting: Tarte Asperge et Fraise