One of the ALP's most powerful decision-making bodies last night intervened to allow preselections for next year's Victorian election that flout party rules on the representation of women -- in fact, under the deal women will go backwards. It's sparked outrage among Labor women.

The local party had done a factional deal, carving up winnable upper house seats for the November 2014 state election -- but the deal failed to meet the Labor Party's rule on affirmative action. Section 10 of the ALP constitution provides that 40% of public office preselection positions must be held by women.