Sep 18, 2013

Love will tear us apart at Albo’s campaign launch

Plenty of old and new Laborites at Anthony Albanese's campaign launch, but do the rank-and-file actually have any real say in who will be the leader?

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

Some 300 people packed into Sydney’s Trades Hall last night to down a few Crown Lagers with the true believers and celebrate the latest Labor triumph: the chance to vote on the new Labor leader. For the first time since the election, Laborites felt good about politics — look, we are enfranchised! We can vote again, for one of the good guys!

But isn’t it all a bit premature? There were about 40,000 members of the ALP on the day of eligibility, September 7, and there are 80-odd members of the Labor caucus (final numbers are still being calculated). The membership vote and the caucus vote have equal weighting, with the prediction that the members will vote for leftie Anthony Albanese and the caucus will go for Bill Shorten, from the Right.

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5 thoughts on “Love will tear us apart at Albo’s campaign launch

  1. wilful

    Margot, surely as someone who is NOT a member of the ALP, you would agree that you don’t actually get to have an opinion about this?

  2. Gavin Moodie

    Collegial voting is problematic but of course has a long tradition in Labor. In this case I think it appropriate that caucus members have more influence than the rank and file because they are more closely involved and more expert in politics than the rank and file.

    Kim Carr was an excellent minister for science and I look forward to him being minister for science in 3 years.

  3. Daveo11

    Media needs to be perceived as unbiased to garner credibility from all sectors of political beliefs. To its credit Crikey often fulfils this dictum. In this instance, perhaps Margot Saville is writing somewhat tongue in cheek; I don’t know. However, seldom have I read such a Sydney-centric, biased, born to rule and snobbish article as this in Crikey.

  4. CML

    What’s wrong with the kilt, Margot? Your comment sounds like a put down. My husband is a Scot, so I find kilts very fetching!!
    Good on you, Senator Doug!!!

  5. Observer

    It must have been a stressful night for Albo. No doubt he would have taken that well worn path down New Canterbury Rd Dulwich Hill to let off some “steam”.

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