Sep 17, 2013

A world tour of direct elections for party leader

Australian Labor is following the lead of the UK and NZ in giving members a vote in selecting party leader. Freelance journalist David Donaldson takes a look at how the schemes work overseas.

ALP leadership aspirant Anthony Albanese will do what none of his predecessors have had to tonight, when he launches his campaign to be voted in as Labor leader. For the first time, he (and rival Bill Shorten) will have to appeal directly to party members, who will vote on who should be leader.

It has the feel of an experiment in Australia, but similar systems have been operating for some time overseas. Crikey decided to look into how similar systems work (or don’t work) in the UK and New Zealand.

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One thought on “A world tour of direct elections for party leader

  1. zut alors

    The ALP’s last decade is proof that it’s an experiment worth trying.

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