Feb 5, 2013

John Faulkner a ‘contemptible charlatan’, say young ALP rebels

In between boozy sessions at Kingston pubs, the weekend's Australian Young Labor Conference in Canberra threw up some tasty factional morsels.

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

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

There is no sterner proving ground for a left-leaning youngster’s nascent political ambitions than the annual Australian Young Labor Conference, and so it went again at the Australian National University last weekend where the nation’s finest socially progressive brains saddled up for their annual shindig/booze festival/factional brawl.

The fireworks began with TWU chief and Labor vice president Tony Sheldon’s ballsy address to the national Right dinner on Friday night. But that was soon eclipsed by one of the more boneheaded moves ever witnessed at conference, when a subgroup of feral NSW right-wingers temporarily shoehorned a motion slamming party elder statesman John Faulkner (read it here) into the policy book.

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7 thoughts on “John Faulkner a ‘contemptible charlatan’, say young ALP rebels

  1. klewso

    And they wonder why their country club mentality (toward the state they reckon they’re serving – more in the animal husbandry sense?) is up the electorate nose?

    [Where did they hold this knees-up – Toad Hall, while Toad was in chokey?]

  2. CML

    Why can’t the Labor Party, young or otherwise, be like every other organisation. You know, call for nominatons for various positions and then the membership vote independently.
    It astounds me that all this nonsense is still going on in “Young” Labor around the country. WE NEED TO GET RID OF THIS FACTIONAL RUBBISH, NOW!!! Government of this country is not a play thing for you retards to divide the spoils up as you see fit. Not if you want to continue to receive my vote.
    Do the foreign sounding surnames in this story sound like another Obeid corruption story waiting to happen??? You bloody lot will never learn. Australia is a democracy, for those of you who didn’t know that, so grow up and treat the country and its’ citizens with some respect.
    And the John Faulkner affair – totally juvenile!

  3. Jacob Atkins

    I was completely lost by the second para. And ALP members wonder why Nat Ex constantly have to parachute “outsiders” into seats – because no-one who hasn’t been been playing factional games since they were in Snuggies has a hope in hell of getting preselected.

  4. zut alors

    Faulkner’s response was classic and demonstrates the wisdom of brevity ie: ‘…I rest my case.’

    Another entity as embarrassing as Young Labor is the Young Liberals. How well I remember.

  5. Malcolm Street

    NSW Right demonstrating once again how defensive, arrogant and out of touch it is. O

  6. Mitchell Kingston

    Sad when 2 people who work for party office think they can override the entire right faction members vote, they are a disease on the party, they recruit no new members and have no ideas.

  7. klewso

    They have ideas all right – but few benefit anyone else.

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