Last change to submit to the Lavarch review

Your opportunity to make a submission to the Lavarch review into NSW Labor Governance closes at 5pm today (25 October)

Your submission needs to be sent to:

Terms of reference are here:

Some suggestions from various parties for what you might like to consider addressing in your submission are below:


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Federal Election Campaign Review in Sydney

The Federal Election Review Panel members have been travelling the country to hear feedback from state and territory party members.

The Review will be in NSW on Monday, 23 September 2019 (tomorrow) to give branch members an opportunity to have their say:

When: 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Monday, 23 September 2019
Where: Trades Hall Auditorium

For your reference, here are links to some past reviews:

(This is not a complete list. If anyone has a copy of other reviews, please contact us and we’ll share it/them around.)

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Parliamentary Election Review

The Federal Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is hold an inquiry into “all aspects of the conduct of the 2019 Federal Election and matters related thereto”.

Submissions close 20 September.

The NSW Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has announced an inquiry into the administration of the 2019 NSW State Election.

Submissions close 9 October.

Party Units, etc, may wish to contribute to the official submission, and should do ASAP as described in the latest political briefing. Individuals may also make their own contributions.

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2019 Federal Campaign Review

The ALP National Executive has commenced a review of the party’s 2019 Federal election campaign.

The objective of the review is to “examine and identify areas that can be improved to return Labor to Government at the next Federal Election, due by 2022.”

The review will be conducted by a panel chaired by Jay Weatherill and Craig Emerson, and including Linda White, Anthony Chisholm, John Graham and Lenda Oshalem.

Submissions close Friday 9 August 2019.

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Nominations for State Conference are open

Nominations have opened for the following positions, to be filled at this year’s NSW State Conference:

  • Conference Agenda Committee (5 members)
  • 2 State Policy Forum Deputy Chairs
  • 16 Assistant Returning Officers
  • 52 Delegates to National Conference (to be elected by union delegates only)
  • Senate (3 positions, $1,000 nomination fee payable)
  • Legislative Council (8 positions, $750 nomination fee payable)

In addition, as happens at every second State conference, the following committees will be elected.

  • Health Policy Committee
  • International Relations Committee
  • Building Sustainable Communities
  • Education Policy Committee
  • Indigenous Peoples & Reconciliation
  • Economics Policy Committee
  • Industrial Relations Committee
  • Social Justice and Legal Affairs
  • Organising, Recruitment and Training Committee

These committees review suggested policy changes from branches, electoral councils and other affiliated bodies, and advise conference on which motions should be accepted, and which motions should be rejected. Conference can override the committees, and occasionally does, but in the main these committees are responsible for Party Policy.

Each committee has a Chair, Deputy Chair, and 10 Members. Party members with twelve months standing are eligible to nominate.

Nominations close at 12noon Friday 15 June 2018.

Nominations must be on an official nomination form, which is available from the NSW Party Office.

Affirmative action applies to ballots where 3 or more positions are being filled.

For more information, consult the June Political Briefing.

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Just checking, do you have your National President Ballot yet? (You should have.)

This is just a quick reminder that National President Ballot papers and emails have been sent.

You should either have received an email with a subject something like “2018 National President Election – Your Online Ballot”, or you should have received a ballot in the post.

If you haven’t received anything yet (don’t forget to check the spam trap), it might not hurt to contact ALP head office.


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National President Candidate Mark Butler calling for Party Reform

Mark Butler, candidate for National President, will speak about Party Reform and Democratisation at Trades Hall Auditorium, 377 Sussex Street, at 6.00pm on Wednesday May 16.

Admission is $5.00, which includes annual membership of Local Labor NSW.

RSVP to: Chris Haviland; 0457 155499 / / facebook

Mark Butler is campaigning on a platform of party reform including calling for party members to be allowed to vote for positions including state leaders, and Senate candidates and to rebalance the role of the unions in the Party.

There are a total of four candidates. In ballot paper order, the candidates are:

  • Mich-Elle Myers (MUA/CFMEU; facebook)
  • Claire Moore (Queensland Senator; web, facebook)
  • Mark Butler (Member for Port Adelaide, current National President; web, facebook)
  • Wayne Swan (Member for Lilley, Queensland; web, facebook)

Eligible members will be able to vote online, commencing 4 May. Postal vote packs should start arriving Monday 7 May. Other eligible members will be contacted by email.

All votes must be received by 5 pm AEST, 15 June.

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