New South Wales

Nov 11, 2009

NSW ALP rank-and-file told to commit political suicide

On Thursday last week, the NSW Left voted against one of its defining tenets, namely the support of rank-and-file preselections, writes Prue Believer.

If any more evidence was needed that the Labor Party’s Left faction (like the Right), is nothing but a vehicle for patronage, privilege and proferment, then this is it: On Thursday last week, the NSW Left voted against one of its defining tenets, namely the support of rank-and-file preselections.

Under NSW ALP rules, ordinary party members have the right to select their local Labor candidates at all levels of government. In winnable seats, this right is routinely taken away by the Right-controlled administrative committee, by way of the notorious N40 rule.

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3 thoughts on “NSW ALP rank-and-file told to commit political suicide

  1. michael crook

    The missos are so on the nose that a rival paramedics union, EMSPA, has already taken 600 of their members in NSW in 9 months, and in Queensland EMSPA membership now outnumbers the missos who are bleeding members due a lack of care. When a union is too busy playing politics to care for its members something needs to change. politically, I am waiting for the LEFT to realise that there is no future for it in todays ALP and the sooner they leave on mass and join a Green Left Coalition with the Greens and Socialists, the sooner Australian politics will become interesting again.

  2. Tom McLoughlin

    If the ALP ‘left’ can’t jump over climate literally putting civilisation at risk then they are not left anymore.

    True, Rees Govt in NSW agreeing to gross feed in tariff probably forestalls that departure, because it effectively seeks to build a decentralised power station on people’s rooves, at lower carbon output. But as things get more desperate ecology and water wise, the ALP left will have to choose, comfort for ethics.

    Rees is already talking about wanting NSW to be the greenest state in NSW. Well Nathan here’s the news, that will actually happen with a Green Party governing coalition of some sort eventually. Of course by then it will be the worst job in the world.

  3. Heathdon McGregor

    I agree with the above comments the ALP is not left anymore. I wish that we did have a green left party if only to see how the ALP’s factions go when they have to stand on their own ideals and not use those of the old Labour as a smokescreen. Who would vote for the ALP right when you have the Liberals and vice versa, who would vote for the Liberal left when you have Labour? Although perhaps the Liberal left is further left than Labour and vice versa again.

    What do the parties stand for when the leader of the left wing party is a right winger and the leader of the right wing party is a leftie? In their rush for the middle they have lost a lot of people out of the sides.

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