Jan 7, 2013

Gillard to rule on Victorian Young Labor factional paralysis

Victorian Young Labor's five months of uncertainty is about to resolved by the ALP national executive. Michael de Bruyn's tenure appears doomed as old power blocs crumble.

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

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

Labor’s national executive is poised to run a scythe through the nascent political ambitions of the son of Australia’s most powerful unionist when it moves to end his controversial reign as head of the party’s Victorian youth wing.

Michael de Bruyn, whose politics mirror the socially conservative bent of his father Joe, was controversially elected president of Victorian Young Labor in 2011 in a battle with sprightly Australian Workers Union organiser Shannon Threlfall-Clarke.

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8 thoughts on “Gillard to rule on Victorian Young Labor factional paralysis

  1. TheFamousEccles

    Ah, factional in-fighting and power-grabs. It brings a tear to either eye…

  2. Modus Ponens

    The future of Victorian Labor looks assurred with this lot carrying on like the previous generation.

  3. CML

    For heaven’s sake! Could someone tell these young Armenians and Turks that they now live in Australia, and we would appreciate them leaving the enmities of their parents and grandparents back in their respective “old” countries?
    Doesn’t bode well for future harmony in Oz with the current intake of “enemies” pouring into the country. I thought they all wanted to come to a place of peace and safety, not bring their petty wars with them. Fat chance!

  4. Crikey Tom

    Not sure how much credit I’d give to a source in a koala suit, but I do know Maxfield’s tenure is the shortest elected term for a decade.

    So I’m not sure what koala Khaled is on about re: a victory lap.

    In terms of the Victorian Presidency, Shannon is hardly sprightly – she’s almost old enough to be ineligible for Young Labor. The mantle should have been passed to Jesse Overton Skinner years ago.

  5. jmendelssohn

    The most sensible reform for the Labor Party to adopt would be to eliminate the remnants of the Groupers. And to tell the extended de Bruyn clan that B A Santamaria is dead.

  6. Nigel Rawlins

    If this is a reflection of future Australian Labor Politics, you can see why the ALP is so out of touch and likely to decline as a major party aka Queensland. The problem for progressive voters is that the Liberal Party is just as pathetic.

  7. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

    Nigel Rawlins, I don’t think it is a reflection of the future. When a ‘major’ party appears to be on the skids, like Labor in Queensland, it is likely that in the eyes of the voting public any tiny improvement; a seat won back, a disaster averted, is a certain sign of a ‘comeback’, a home run, a gathering of momentum. It’s a biblical certainty that the dog will return to its vomit. And don’t you forget it!

  8. AR

    unease over whether the 1915 massacre of Amenians in Anatolia amounted to genocide and the territorial dispute over the Azerbaijani enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. Good to see that these vital issues have any relevance to factional blocs within the world’s oldest Labour party – after all it has only been a century since it occurred.

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