Labor Senator John Faulkner's announcement that he won't be standing for preselection at the end of his current Senate term -- which isn't up until mid-2017 -- demonstrates how panicked NSW Labor is at the prospect of genuine reform, and how little this rotten branch has learnt both from the party's defeats in 2011 and 2013 and the prolonged saga of its corrupt dregs being hauled before the Independent Commission Against Corruption.