Make a difference. Vote Independent!

At State Conference this weekend, there will be the following ballots.

If you have a vote, use it to make a difference. Vote for an Independent.

Rules Committee

(9 to elect)

Fiona Seaton

Left

Anthony D’Adam

Left

Farid Ahmed

Right

Robert Allen

Right

Lewis Hamilton

Right

James Mack

Independent [1]

Janai Tabbernor

Right

Josephine Hillard

Right

Jan Burnswood

Left

David McElrea

Left

Amanda Fazio

Right

Ben Aveling

Independent [2]

Emma Murphy

Right

Administrative Committee

(18 to be elected by Rank and File members)

Bill Kritharas

Right

Anne Charlton

Right

Monika Wheeler

Left

Trish Marinozzi

Right

Ben Aveling

Independent [1]

Gerry Ambroisine

Right

Anthony D’Adam

Left

Michael Forshaw

Right

Jan Primrose

Left

Chris Haviland

Left

Melanie Dagg

Right

Karen McKeown

Left

Verity Firth

Left

Sarah Conway

Right

Georgia Kriz

Left

Mary Ross

Right

Sue West

Right

Pam Ward

Right

Leonie Wilbow

Left

Jennifer Light

Right

Paul Sekfy

Left

Stephen Bali

Left Right

Simonne Pengelly

Left

Kirsten Andrews

Right

President

Mark Lennon

Right

Emma Maiden

Left

(no Independent candidate)

Senior Vice President

Michelle Miran

Left

Tara Moriarty

Right

(no Independent candidate)

No vote required for any other committees.
They have all been ‘agreed’ between Left and Right.


Edit: Stephen Bali is Right, not Left. Apologies

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Administrative Committee Ballot Report.

The Administrative Committee, commonly known simply as Admin, has 36 members. Of these, 18 are elected by Affiliated Unions’ Delegates, and 18 by Rank and File Delegates and assorted others, such as the Parliamentary Party, but also the chairs and secretaries of the various policy committees, and so on.

For the 18 members of Admen elected by unions, there were 18 nominations, as agreed by Left and Right, and no ballot was required.

For the 18 members of Admen elected by the rank and file, there were 24 nominations, 13 from the Right, 10 from the Left, and me.

Nobody officially preferenced anybody.

The Right had 228 votes, the Left had 157 votes, and I, the sole independent, had 13 votes. Accordingly, the Right picked up the first 10 positions and the Left the next 7, leaving a three way race for the for the 18th and last place.

I am told that on the first count of the ballot, I narrowly squeezed home, and on the second count, I narrowly missed out, being knocked out by Stephen Bali, 13.1 votes to 13 votes. I do not have a breakdown of where my 13 votes went, except to say that after they were distributed, Paul Sekfi defeated Bali, taking the 18th place for the Left.

I have asked for a recount.

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Nominations close Friday

If you think the NSW ALP is working just fine for its members, you don’t need to read any further.

But if you think it could work better, then you should know that nominations have been called for the following positions:

President
Senior Vice President
Junior Vice President (2)
Administrative Committee (36) (18 elected by affiliated union Delegates and 18
elected by all non-union Delegates)
Platform Committee Chair
Platform Committee Deputy Chair
Platform Committee Secretary
Rules Committee Member (9)
NSW Labor Women’s Forum Chair
NSW Labor Women’s Forum Deputy Chair
NSW Labor Women’s Forum Secretary
NSW Labor Women’s Forum Member (15)
Country Labor Committee Chair
Country Labor Committee Deputy Chair
Country Labor Committee Secretary
Country Labor Committee Members (15)
Trustees (3)

Any member with at least one year of continuous financial Party membership can nominate. They must be nominated in writing by at least five members, each of whom must have been a member of the Party for at least twelve months.

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

Nominations must reach the General Returning Officer by 12 noon, Friday 23 June 2017. It’s probably too late to mail your forms, better to email or fax.

Positions will be filled by a ballot of State Conference delegates, 29-30 July.

 

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Motions to be considered by Rules Committee

Just a heads up that over the next few days and weeks, I’ll be sharing some of the motions that are going to be considered by the Rules Committee.

I’d appreciate your comments on which motions are worthy of support, or not, and why?

The motions are being posted at https://www.facebook.com/groups/OurALP/.

Feel free to visit and share your thoughts.

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Reminder all branch secretaries, FEC secretaries, SEC secretaries: you have until Friday to submit Rule changes and Policy changes.

This is a reminder to all branch secretaries, FEC secretaries, and SEC secretaries: you have until Friday to submit your proposed rules changes and policy changes.

For an anonymised list of proposed rule changes, see Rules_Motions_2017-drop_1.

Only the motions that are of the form “change the rules so that XXX” will change the rules, even if passed.

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Rules Committee to meet this Wednesday

The first meeting of the Rules Committee since last conference will be this coming Wednesday.

As yet, I don’t know much about what will be on the agenda. I’ll keep you as informed as I can. If there’s something you’d like me to try get onto the agenda, let me know, and I’ll do what I can.

Formally, proposed Rule Changes and Policy Platform Changes to be discussed at this year’s Annual Conference (29 to 30 July) must be received by the Party Office by Friday 2 June 2017. But the sooner your proposal is received, the better a chance it has of being considered.

Please make sure that any proposals you submit specify exactly which rule or which policy you want to change, and provide the wording of the change you want.

To give yourself the best possible chance of getting your change through, be as specific as possible. Otherwise, you are relying on the relevant committee to put in the effort to find words for you, and most of the time, that isn’t going to happen.

Do not just say “when XYZ happens, people should do PQR.” Instead, find the rule that describes XYZ and say something like “Delete existing B.99(c) and replace with the following: …’ (For lots of examples, look at last year’s Rules Report.)

Branch, SEC, FEC and Affiliated Union Secretaries can access the motions
portal at: http://members.nswlabor.org.au

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A smaller Administrative Committee? Yes. But not yet.

There was one amendment to the Rules Report. I don’t have the exact wording. Basically, it was agreed that there would be a couple of people tasked with deciding the size of Admin, and that National Exec would be used to change the size of Admin, effective next Conference.

The bit about effective next Conference is good. Any reduction in the size of Admin doesn’t affect the balance of power between the factions – the difference between ’30 right vs 15 left’ and ’20 right vs 10 left’ isn’t all that much of a difference. But within the 30, and within the 15, there will be sub factions and sub-sub factions that only have 1 member. If they lose that one member, they’re out in the cold. The difference between 0 and 1 is a lot larger than the difference between 1 and 2. Having the reduction in size happen at next conference gives would be admin members time to reach out to the smaller sub-factions, time to try to form larger alliances. It may still get messy, but by using democratic channels, by raising the quota needed to get elected, it gives people a chance to build new connections – which is of course the whole motivation for the change. It’s a lot less messy than some negotiated/imposed reduction would be.

That it is being executed via National doesn’t fill me with joy. I’d much rather see us get our own house in order without the need for external intervention – but sometimes, it’s a bit art of the possible. Delaying the decision doesn’t necessarily make the decision easier. There’s perceived to be a chance that the Schott review may put constraints on the size of Admin, but unless that happens, then the decision won’t be any easier after conference than it was before this conference – just more urgent.

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