Jul 29, 2014

‘Stand up and fight!’ Combet gets feisty at book launch

The former climate change and energy minister launched his book to a packed house -- but will it resonate outside the ALP bubble?

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

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

It was a packed house at NSW Trades Hall this morning for former climate change and industry minister Greg Combet’s book launch, hosted expertly by former prime minister Julia Gillard and ALP national secretary George Wright.

The recent excerpts from The Fights of My Life have focused on the chapter in which Gillard offered to stand down in favour of Combet in June 2013 to fend off Kevin Rudd. In the book, the former climate change minister says he declined the offer because of demoralising ill health and a lack of conviction that another change of leadership so close to an election would succeed.

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9 thoughts on “‘Stand up and fight!’ Combet gets feisty at book launch

  1. Harry Held

    On the day that Mark Latham (lousy Opposition Leader but excellent commentator) said that politics needs honesty, we see the person who could have brought this to the Parliament – Greg Combet. His departure from public life has been a loss to us all.

  2. leon knight

    No matter how many foibles Labor and the union movement may have, they are a breath of fresh air, a beacon of virtue, and bulwark of progress compared to their opponents presently in power

  3. CML

    100+ to both comments!
    We’ll be back before you know it!!!

  4. Scott

    “and the MUA’s still around, where’s Peter Reith and Chris Corrigan? They’ve gone, and the MUA is still here”


    Chris Corrigan is now Chairman of Qube logistics, which is involve on the docks today. So he hasn’t exactly gone away.
    Not to mention the fact that Corrigan gained significant returns out of the Patricks/MUA confrontation…when it got taken over by Toll in 2006, he had a payday of around $157 million by my estimates, a lot of that due to the efficiencies gained by Patricks during the dispute.
    “We shall overcome” indeed!

  5. Neale Towart

    Just for the record, the unions made the rights at work ads, NOT the ALP. It is and always has been Sydney Trades Hall, not NSW. And you have now corrected the statement that Kelty went into federal parliament (its on your email).

    Yes Peter Reith, still being loud and horrible in the press, and Corrigan stuffing up other workplaces, whilst the MUA remains under attack

  6. Margot Saville

    I apologise for the Kelty/Crean slip of the pen. The hour-long book launch finished at 11.23 and I filed my story, from an iPad on my lap, at 12.15. If there had been any time to proof-read it, it wouldn’t have got through. Good to know that our readers are on the ball.

  7. Ken Lambert

    Amazing isn’t it??

    The Gillard/Combet combination are still posing as if nothing happened to their union planet!!!

    The MUA dispute was more like Maggie breaking the NUM than a great story of Oz union survival.

    Days of wine & roses for Watersiders breaking things, stealing, featherbedding, dad-son job control, ghosting and sundry other abuses have long gone and with it the power that such closed shopping conferred on the Combets of this world.

  8. AR

    The choc bikkies are usually the tories but, between this backslapping kneesup and the general air of ‘we were right, the voters wrong’ (not untrue) the Bourbon party is more & more the ALP.
    Witness Clark Kent, again yesterday told to hold his ankles and pass the soap on reform – why does he continue to bother? Go off and enjoy gilded retirement like usedCarr, Marn Ferson and the SIlver Bodgie.

  9. mick smethurst

    What a Moron this person is “stand up and fight for the environment” and what does this turncoat do quit politics this is akin to asking us to follow the lemmings over the cliff and I will standby and watch, if this man had an ounce of decency he would keep his mouth shut and sit back in a corner somewhere, hopefully never to be heard of again

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