It was an eventful weekend at the New South Wales ALP conference, where Saturday night’s dinner for the Right faction of the party ended with a senior staffer getting a faceful of someone else’s drink. At an event attended by 400 people, Ian McNamara, ally of ousted general secretary Jamie Clements and staffer to federal leader Bill Shorten, accused former staffer Stefanie Jones of making up sexual assault allegations.

Earlier this year Jones dropped an application for an apprehended violence order against Clements, after she accused him of trying to kiss her in a room of NSW Parliament in June last year. The application was dropped after Clements agreed to several undertakings on a no-admissions basis, but he continued to dispute Jones’ allegations and reportedly asked the NSW branch for $1 million in order for his resignation.

According to a tipster, McNamara accused Jones of dividing the party and the Right faction for her own advantage. Jones’ fiance, David Latham, “settled the argument by throwing the remainder of his drink in McNamara’s face while Labor Right party officials, union bosses and Young Labor hacks watched on”. Crikey has attempted to contact Latham but received no response before deadline.

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