It's setting the bar pretty low to say that Saturday's byelection for the Victorian state seat of Broadmeadows was more interesting than expected.
A member of the Victorian ALP's powerful administrative committee has accused leaders of the party's ruling Right faction of deliberately delaying preselection for the Victorian seat of Broadmeadows to shoehorn Frank McGuire into state parliament.
Last week's apparently non-sensical bomb-throwing from rebel Victorian trade unions eager to force a preselection ballot in the state seat of Broadmeadows had an overriding purpose -- the protection of Senator David Feeney's spot in federal parliament after 2013, Labor insiders say.
This morning's backing by CFMEU overlord Bill Oliver of a Supreme Court challenge to block the ALP National Executive's parachuting of Frank McGuire into John Brumby's seat of Broadmeadows is almost certain to founder and will instead shine a light on the electorate's notorious history of branch stacking, party insiders say.
The by-election to replace former Victorian Premier John Brumby has been set for February 19. Labor's state administrative committee will meet next week, presumably to smooth the path for property developer (and brother of Eddie) Frank McGuire, writes William Bowe.