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Sep 12, 2013

A leadership ballot would leave Labor ‘helpless’ … so what?

Concerns about a party ballot for the Labor leadership pander to the media's inability to cope with the unusual in politics. This is exactly what Labor needs right now.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The leadership rules bequeathed to Labor are a “farce” that leave Labor “helpless” and “a laughing stock” while the Coalition “gets away with murder”, according to Stephen Conroy.

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24 thoughts on “A leadership ballot would leave Labor ‘helpless’ … so what?

  1. Denis Goodwin

    Spot on Bernard

  2. klewso

    Stephen Conroy, whose “brains” gave us Steve “Sloppy” Fielding, lecturing on “what needs to be done”?
    Nuff said?

  3. Andybob

    Agree with this Bernard. If the Labor party had a genuine internal debate about policy and leadership they might be less disposed to abandon either on a whim.

  4. drmick

    Thats bullshit Bernard. Continual undermining of the leader by a well sourced gutless waste of space allowed to press gallery, and the rest of the fleas, to treat the prime minister, and everything she did or said, with absolute contempt. A perfect example; you and your friends missing the misogyny speech because you were following the slipper sideshow. Disloyalty on that scale had never been aired in the labour party till that time & you trash helped sell it non stop. piss poor to be pontificating now knowing the gutless wonder is still in the game and obviously ready to do it again; with your help.

  5. David Coles

    Absolutely Bernard. The move for greater membership involvement is critical to the future of the ALP and, for me, will largely determine whether the party ever receives my support again.

    That said, I well understand why right wing factional bosses see it as a threat.

  6. beachcomber

    Exactly. Conroy has 2 strong reasons to bag democracy within the ALP.
    Firstly, his mate Shorten would not win a ballot of all ALP members.
    And secondly, Conroy’s power relies on him having the numbers to make deals. Anything that empowers the members will erode his influence.
    Back room deals knocked off Rudd the first time. Then they knocked off Gillard. They knocked off Iemma, then they knocked off Rees.
    And the Labor vote keeps getting smaller, in large part because people like Conroy and Shorten believe that the ALP is their personal play thing.

  7. klewso

    Democracy is all very well, in it’s right place.

  8. Scott Grant

    Convention gives us a caretaker prime minister while waiting for an election. If a figurehead is necessary, why not have a caretaker leader?

    I have little doubt Albo would win if there is a vote outside of the caucus. I used to think Bill had promise, particularly back when he was a union leader. But he seems to have morphed into just another robot politician whose every word on any topic is completely predictable.

  9. Daniel Duvois

    A free pass to Shorten for the leadership is a free pass to disaster. He cannot be trusted, carries too much baggage and the media, those vultures will have a real party tearing him and the factions faceless men to pieces.
    Enough is enough, time for the rank and file to have their say, to h-ll with the behind closed doors deals. Albanese/Plibersek ticket will go through to the next election whenever it is. They dont have baggage, they are open books and formidable politicians

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