December, 2017

Rundle: send in the clowns

, Dec 07, 2017

The only thing the Right has ever been able to claim was their efficiency. Now, they don't even have that.

Which Labor faction will control Western Australia?

, Mar 14, 2017

After years of factional fighting, will the Right or the Left control the majority of the cabinet in the new McGowan government? Labor insider Ben Chiefly asks the question.

Netanyahu’s visit intensifies pressure on Shorten to back Palestine

, Feb 22, 2017

Only Bill Shorten's Victorian Right of the Labor Party are hesitant to change the ALP's position on Israel. But with the Left ascendant, is strong support for Palestine on the cards? Labor insider Ben Chiefly reports.

Bill Shorten’s new Trump problem

, Jan 20, 2017

Many belonging to Labor Left have been spooked by Trump's foreign affairs pronouncements, writes Labor insider Ben Chiefly.

Labor’s sneaky Left faction coup could be Shorten’s worst Christmas present

, Dec 16, 2016

The Labor Left seems to making its move, with several influential unions in negotiations to form a power bloc, writes Labor insider Ben Chiefly.

Victoria’s new senator could be a ticking time bomb for Labor

, Oct 14, 2016

Kimberley Kitching's husband, Andrew Landeryou, has a ... complicated relationship with the Labor Party. But her appointment to the vacant Victorian Senate spot left by the departure of Stephen Conroy raises some questions about the party's leader, say Crikey writers.

What will Conroy’s departure mean for Shorten’s leadership?

, Sep 19, 2016

Stephen Conroy's shock departure from Parliament has left the Victorian Labor Party on the hop. Will the "Stability Pact" to placate Left and Right factions remain without the Right's "factional Dalek"? Labor insider Ben Chiefly gets the goss.

Why Stephen Conroy departed in such a hurry

, Sep 16, 2016

Stephen Conroy's Labor colleagues were shocked this morning by his hastily announced resignation. But what caused Conroy to jump? Labor insider Ben Chiefly gets the goss.

Labor branch stacking becomes an arms race, with Stability Pact a possible casualty of war

, Aug 23, 2016

The Conroy-aligned Right faction and Carr-aligned Left faction have daggers drawn in Victorian Labor. And Kim Carr could be the first casualty. Labor insider Ben Chiefly gives a behind-the-curtain look at the machinations of Victorian Labor.
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Rundle: the dramatic irony in Kathy Jackson’s tragedy

, Oct 20, 2015

Kathy Jackson has betrayed the union and those who were counting on her, no matter what eventual charges she might end up facing.