Dec 2, 2011

Bonhomie thick at ALP conference as the deal-making begins

Prime Minister Gillard kicked off ALP National conference proceedings at the Sydney Convention Centre this morning by adopting Obama's/Optus' “yes” refrain, presumably to distinguish Labor from Tony Abbott’s negativity.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

The National Union of Workers is holding firm to its decision to back the ALP National Left to avoid the prime minister’s conscience vote on gay marriage, despite suggestions from the party’s Right that they had “binded” on the issue.

A senior NUW source at the party’s 46th national conference told Crikey this morning that last night’s pronouncements of unity following the Right’s 300-strong right caucus meeting and widely reported in the media, had been made in haste.

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22 thoughts on “Bonhomie thick at ALP conference as the deal-making begins

  1. TimRichards1

    When you think about it, it’d do the ALP membership drive a world of good for the conference to overrule the prime minister and therefore indicate a measure of power attached to being a party member. And Gillard could shrug it off by saying “That’s democracy” and looking magnanimous in defeat. I suspect the sky would stay fixed in its current position.

  2. Edward James

    Keep up the good work Andrew. Crikey subscribers enjoy the extra source! Edward James

  3. puddleduck

    I doubt the PM cares about the conscience vote really – it’s just to be seen to be doing, for the conservatives inside the party (and amongst the, ahem, swinging voters). Defeat or victory, it doesn’t matter, as long as she’s tried.

    However, I don’t get why it’s important to let labor MPs vote with their conscience about whether consenting adults formalise their relationship using the m word, but not to let the same Labor MPs vote according to their conscience on the slaughter of fully conscious animals.

    Oh, I remember now. It’s all politics, innit? I keep thinking the ALP has principles. Silly moi.

  4. Suzanne Blake

    How about: YES to an election, so we can made judgements on the li es.

  5. scottyea

    If you can accept my apology via correspondence “You can stuff politics right up there, what I wantto know is why , no matter what party generally is in government for whatever spell , are taxes increasing while public services decrease?”

    Let’s see if the Labor Party union of minds can produce a policy on that.

  6. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

    Scottyea, I don’t know what state you reside in but here in Queensland there has been a noticeable increase in “public services” this year – probably directly connected to the natural disasters sent by the gods.
    Last year and the year before, “public services” were increased all over Australia as the Rudd/Gillard government rolled out the Education Revolution (school halls) program. You would have to say this was a pretty visible piece of public service which kept many, many businesses afloat so that very few people (except the usual suspects) were whining about it. Have you just become accustomed to the negativity of the Noalition?

  7. shepherdmarilyn

    Oh Suzanne, give the lies bit a rest. We are all pretty much over it.

    And if we had an election every time a pollie lied we would have them every day.

    A conference that tries to bring back law breaking over refugees and enshrine further bigotry against one section of the community to pander to the moron right is not much of a conference.

    Add to that the vile selling of uranium to an unstable nuclear power with an unstable nuclear neighbour being enraged by it and we are surely plumbing the depths of stupidity.

  8. Edward James

    @ shepardmarilyn. Anyone paying taxes and rates, who is willing to put up with lying politicians betraying our trust. Is simply wrong if they believe accepting lies from elected representatives will somehow result in honest open representative government! Edward James

  9. Neild Ed

    It might be obvious. But I would have thought that Gillard wants the Left to oppose her. In the same way that she wants an “open” conference. And a bit of distance from the Greens.
    Isn’t it about the next election?

  10. Stevo the Working Twistie

    Anyone who cares about same s-x marriage should have a jolly stern word with their local Shop Assistants Union member. Of course, they are all rather butch and scary though.

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