Jul 23, 2013

Danby rounds behind Barker as Hotham preselection explodes

Victorian Labor is at breaking point as the battle for preselection in Simon Crean's seat of Hotham turns nuclear. Letters and accusations are flying ahead of tonight's vote.

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

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

Geoff Lake Rosemary Barker

Right-wing Victorian Labor forces have pledged to run a scythe through the lower house ambitions of Hotham preselection hopeful Geoff Lake as the party’s public office selection committee prepares to rule on his future tonight.

Melbourne Ports MP and Bill Shorten loyalist Michael Danby has released an incendiary statement this morning backing Lake rival Rosemary Barker, despite Lake’s rank-and-file triumph in last night’s local ballot with 59% of the vote, 252 to Barker’s 177. Under Labor rules, preselections are decided half by members and half by the powerful central panel.

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7 thoughts on “Danby rounds behind Barker as Hotham preselection explodes

  1. Kevin Herbert

    Danby’s support equals the kiss of death credibility wise given that he is the Member fo Israel first a foremost….is there a less credible Labor Federal MP?

  2. Gidim Marter

    ” but also because we’re conscious that it’s important to elect positive, community-focused people who can constructively be members of a team.” Danby

    Wow! I think that’s code for she can be easily manipulated.

    Am I understanding this right? Most of the members can give majority support..ie..vote, but the “Panel” can override the vote even though most of members want it the other way. is this right?

  3. Professor Tournesol

    Michael Danby is known in his (and my) seat of Melbourne Ports as ‘The Member for Israel’, I’m surprised that he has any interest in local politics.

  4. AR

    The Member for Haifa Ports.

  5. morphy richards toaster

    So, the POSC ended up backing the will of the rank and file. Good to see the dirty tactics didn’t succeed. Hopefully Lake will help to reinvigorate the caucus.

  6. David Duncan

    So, one of the reasons I subscribe to Crikey as opposed to other media is to avoid ridiculous hyperbole. This article is full of it, starting with sentence one: “Victorian Labor is at breaking point as the battle for preselection in Simon Crean’s seat of Hotham turns nuclear.” Later we get blood being sprayed over every pre selection ever to come.

    Take a cold shower. The language of the protagonists speaks for itself, we don’t need you to escalate it.

  7. Serene Toma

    “The Member for Haifa Ports.”

    Giggle giggle,that’s actually quite funny.

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