Australian Labor Party
Annual Conference 2014
NSW Branch Rules Committee
The party has issued its Rules Report ahead of conference. The preamble
indicates that there were differences of opinion on both the principles and the
detail on a number of issues.
We have taken the unusual step of releasing this Minority Report because
there was one issue on which there was a major division. That issue was the
future role of direct election in NSW Labor.
Eighty three party units moved resolutions calling for direct election in our
party forums. The majority on the Rules Committee rejected one hundred and
twenty four of these resolutions. They covered areas as diverse as the
preselection of members of parliament, and the election of party officers, the
administrative committee and of delegates to conference.
This represents a significant groundswell in the ranks of ordinary party
members that is not being addressed. Put simply, party members feel that
power in the NSW Labor Party is in the hands of too few people.
The move to bring back Policy Committees, while welcome in itself, will also
see changes to the first state-wide direct election ballot under the NSW
Further, we welcome the fact that at this conference we will adopt a move to
directly elect Labor’s leader. However reforming Labor in Macquarie Street,
but leaving Labor in Sussex Street untouched, is not acceptable.
We look forward to the debate on these issues at the conference.
John Graham Assistant General Secretary
Jan Burnswoods Member
Peter Primrose Member
Anthony D’Adam Member
27th June 2014
Party units moving rules resolutions calling for direct election at the
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