Feb 29, 2016

Albo is not giving up Grayndler without a fight

Anthony Albanese might be facing a tougher battle than usual for his seat of Grayndler, but he's coming out swinging.

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

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

If a week is a long time in politics, then 20 years is a lifetime. The member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese (Albo) achieves this milestone next month, and on Friday night, 370 people gathered at a Sydney RSL club to celebrate the event.

It was a star-studded occasion — the guest speaker was former prime minister Bob Hawke (there with Blanche) — and several prominent members of Albo’s Left faction turned up, including former senator John Faulkner, current Senator Doug Cameron and MP Stephen Jones. From NSW, pollies Linda Burney, Jo Haylen and Penny Sharpe came, along with former secretary of Unions NSW Mark Lennon and ALP president Jenny McAllister. Quite a few burly men in bomber jackets, who appeared to be trade unionists, filled the back tables.

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8 thoughts on “Albo is not giving up Grayndler without a fight

  1. Norman Hanscombe

    An interesting aspect of that gathering Margot is how many of them (including Albo and his family / friends) only got their positions due to the hard work done by Peter Baldwin & Peter Crawford, who were successful winning over control of Electorates from the Right Wing but were no match for the rat cunning of those who then appeared and took the spoils.
    But you know all this already, Margot, and know also that the Crikey Commissariat has shied away from accepting stories about it.

  2. Teddy

    Which census counts dogs, Margot? Or political beliefs?

    The first time “the locals voted for Greens MP Jamie Parker” (the 2011 NSW election), he scrapped in after getting 30% of the primary vote, one of the lowest margins possible under the optional preferential system. The vote split pretty evenly, with the Liberals coming first (32%). Jamie slid over after over a weeks worth of counting and recounting on the backs of the 4th placed independent and Labor’s Verity Firth’s preferences, two candidates who he had spent the entire campaign attacking.

    Antony Green’s number crunching gives the 2016 election to Albo even after the redistribution, but Grayndler could produce a re-run of the 2011 state result. If anything, with gentrificiation now pushing median property prices on the leafy and rarified Balmain peninsula towards $2m, the Libs will have strengthened their hold since then. The key will be the preference cards (Fed elections don’t have OPV), and how many voters follow them.

    After the recent Greens-Lib senate voting deal, those preference arrangements will be very interesting in seats like Grayndler.

    The Libs could easily knock Albo off and install a lame-duck ex-Trot if they want to… either with their vote card, and/or by running dead – a tactic they tried in the 2010 federal election.

  3. mikeb

    Albo – easy to like him.

  4. Margot Saville

    Hi Teddy
    You said political beliefs, my story referred to religious beliefs, is that what you meant? The Australian Census collects figures both on religious affiliation and pet ownership. If you look up the ABS website you will see that as at the 2011 census, 30% of the residents of Grayndler reported having “no religion”, ahead of 27.2% who said they were Catholics. Various organisations such as the RSPCA drill down on the pet ownership data – they released a study saying that 39% of households contain at least one dog.
    So I felt pretty comfortable saying that there were more dog owners than believers. I’ve also lived in the electorate for 20 years – some days I feel that there are more dogs than people! And it seems to me that if Balmain can support two pet psychics (according to a recent article in the Good Weekend magazine), then the residents are clearly more spiritually inclined towards animism..

  5. paddy

    I’m deeply disappointed in the NSW ALP Margot.
    Imagine asking a journalist for money!
    No wonder they’re struggling.
    They should have just *given* you the beer, snags and signed jumper.
    Ah well, Crikey can be proud its reputation for fearless, non-partisan reporting remains intact. 🙂

  6. Jaybuoy

    Tell me Jamies wifes name is not Kerry..

  7. CML

    paddy…surely you jest? Margot is very far from ‘non-partisan’ with every article she writes for Crikey. Haven’t you noticed how wonderful the Greens are?…all of them?… in both state and federal parliaments???
    Good onya, Albo…if the people of Grayndler have any sense, you should win easily.

  8. AR

    AA hasn’t won an election yet that didn’t go to preferences.
    The Greens are the only hope for anything like ethical politics – the mere ‘factoid’ that Albo is considered to be on the “Left” is proof that the ALP is dead, it just hasn’t yet stopped moving, due to the necrotic worms sliming out of the SussexSt Lubynaka.

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