South Australia

Mar 23, 2010

SA ALP backgrounders offer case-study in why their party is on the nose

Jay Weatherill won’t win his challenge for Deputy Leader, but he is still the only visible potential successor to Mike Rann, writes Michael Jacobs.

If the South Australian Labor Party needs any further guidance about why the electorate hit it with something rather more than a natural correction in last Saturday’s vote, it need only look at Greg Kelton’s piece in The Advertiser this morning on Jay Weatherill’s challenge for treasurer Kevin Foley’s spot as deputy leader to Mike Rann.

Kelton has mined a rich lode of vitriolic unattributable background quotes against Weatherill, all too typical of the lurking tendency to indulge in disproportionate shock-and-awe exercises in destruction of anyone who dares to disturb the stately status quo. Enthusiasts can find the details here.

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2 thoughts on “SA ALP backgrounders offer case-study in why their party is on the nose

  1. chinda63

    He won’t win but he should. He’s the only one who has any chance of leading Labor to victory at the next election.

  2. Lysistrata

    It seems that the Right faction of the Labor Party is more concerned with their own patch than ensuring that the electorate is heard. Labor has four years for voters to forget this election but unless they change their ways, and it seems far from certain that change will happen, then the Liberals will win in a landslide especially if the Labor Party decides to install Foley once Rann retires to Italy.

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