May 1, 2014

Faulkner’s retirement shows NSW Labor has learnt nothing

NSW Labor's indecent hurry to preselected senate candidates for the 2016 election shows how little its powerbrokers have learnt from ICAC and the WA debacle.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

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.

The obvious question is why Faulkner is announcing more than three years from the end of his term that he won’t be going around again in the 2016 election (when he will be 63): it’s because the NSW branch has brought forward the preselection process for 2016 to this week. In 2010, when Faulkner stood for his current term on top of the NSW Labor ticket, preselections weren’t finalised until March that year, after state secretary Matt Thistlethwaite was moved out of Sussex Street and into second spot on the ticket, forcing sitting senator Steve Hutchins into third spot, which he lost to the Greens’ Lee Rhiannon. That means only Sam Dastyari, who replaced Thistlethwaite when the latter replaced Peter Garrett in Kingsford-Smith, will be the sitting Labor Senator up for election in 2016.

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2 thoughts on “Faulkner’s retirement shows NSW Labor has learnt nothing

  1. Jaybuoy

    Faulkner was ineffectual during the Rudd Gillard disaster. When the party required someone of his “stature” to stand up and offer some sanity he didn’t and it was very disappointing….

  2. Merve

    They keep saying the Greens a out of touch with reality.

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