The Government’s anti-union campaign has been given a big boost this morning with the news that the deselected Labor MP for Corio, Gavan O’Connor, will contest the election as an independent.
Labor’s endorsed candidate, Richard Marles, is a former ACTU assistant secretary. The bruvvers still sing his praises on their website, where his biography remains, complete with a link through to his campaign homepage.
Not only was Marles a senior ACTU office holder, but a solicitor with Slater and Gordon. In contrast, much has been made of O’Connor’s background as a farmer – and no doubt much more will be.
Crikey understands that much ill-will remains in the wake of the preslection, and O’Connor, the MP for the Geelong area electorate since 1993, is said to enjoy good local support.
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And Corio was the seat that rejected a certain R J L Hawke back in the 1960s.