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 / chrishav2001@yahoo.com.au / 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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National Delegates Conference – Nominations close Monday

Nominations for FEC elected National Conference Delegates opened last weekend, and will close on Monday 12 February.

Any financial member may nominate in their local Federal Electorate, and if you care about democracy in our party, we encourage you to do so.

Each NSW Federal Electorate gets to elect one delegate.

Where there is more than one candidate, there will be a ballot of financial members of the electorate.

Nominations must be accompanied by a $100 fee payable in cash, cheque or credit card at the time of nomination. The fee may be waived for hardship.

Candidates should accompany their nominations with a 200 word candidate biography and photography. Biographies and photos, where provided, will be made available on the ‘Your Say’ website.

Full details for NSW here: Delegate_Guidelines.

Other states will also be sending delegates. There are different rules in each state.

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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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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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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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