South Australia

Feb 20, 2017

The Shoppies’ last-ditch crusade to rule South Australia

South Australia is the last bastion of Shoppies domination, writes Labor insider Ben Chiefly.

Late last week, Shoppies union boy wonder and SA Police Minister Peter Malinauskas was preselected unopposed to move from the upper house to the lower house safe Labor seat of Croydon.

The Shoppies (or Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association) control the SA Right's 45% share of state conference floor delegates, by virtue of their almost 30,000-strong membership, which dwarfs all other affiliated union memberships in the state. South Australia is the last bastion of Shoppies domination.

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8 thoughts on “The Shoppies’ last-ditch crusade to rule South Australia

  1. Gloria

    The fact that SA Labor will quite happily screw over a well liked member like Frances Bedford in Florey who’s turned the seat from Lib to marginal to safe Labor shows just how dysfunctional and headf*ed the state party is. The unfortunate thing in SA is there’s no alternative government to keep the current mob on their toes. The SA Libs have no vision, no capability, no policy and no hope.

    I try and look for positives in every situation, but in SA politics there are none.

  2. bushby jane

    I thought that the Shoppies were pretty powerful in Victoria as well.

  3. AR

    Let’s not forget Joe Bullock in a china shop – ousting the well regarded and industrious Louise Pratt from the #1 Senate spot.
    The old reprobate didn’t even have the decency to stick around but resigned a year later.

    1. anne james

      AR, let’s not let the facts get in the way of ideology.
      Bullock was well respected in Parliament for well-thought and intelligent speeches. His one in the Senate on penalty rates was a highlight of the last parliament.
      Moreover, Bill Shorten’s office called on him to do it at very short notice so his extempore defence of the role of unions in protecting workers’ rights was even better. Read the Hansard.
      Bullock Vs Pratt also underlines the dilemma for Labor. Pratt may be more popular among ALP members, especially Left-faction ones, but Bullock related much better to ordinary Labor voters and the public generally.
      In terms of garnering votes, and parliamentary value and performance, Bullock was much more effective than Pratt.

  4. Joe Cox

    Didn’t like the way Malinauskas mocked anti-nuclear protesters not long ago. He comes across as a not-very-bright bully.

    Not sure why we keep having to put up with the influence of Farrell . Perhaps we really are cursed.

  5. Grant

    I’m not a union fan but I’ve never understood how it would appear on some of those ‘negotiations’ the shoppers appear to have screwed their members in favor of the employers ….

    1. Grant

      Shoppies not Shoppers – bloody autocorrect …..

  6. [email protected]

    The SDA represent the poorer of workers, to think that the SDA has done that to the advantage of employers rather than employees who are SDA members, is appalling. Stop!

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