I support your suggestions of an Amnesty and Primaries, but neither will make membership more attractive than it is now.
Banning factions would make membership more attractive, but how would it be done?
- How would such a ban be worded?
- How would such a ban be enforced?
- Given that the factions traditionally dominate conference, how would the numbers be available at conference to effect such change?
Pending answers to the above three questions, “the end of the factional system at a State Parliamentary level”, or at any other level, seems less than assured.
What would give the grassroots rank and file member more reason to stay in the party is visible evidence that the worst excesses of the factions are being reined in. For example, you could choose to express your support for some or all of the core OurALP motions.
Or, may I request your support for the following two motions, passed by my own branch of Alexandria:
1. Intervention in preselections only in genuinely exceptional circumstances.
2. Timely conduct of Preselections
As you and I experienced with the Gilmore preselection, for example, there is little that causes the rank and file as much upset as having preselections delayed or preempted. As with the four core OurALP motions, these motions do not call for the end of factional influence, only that it be exercised differently – through persuasion rather than diktat.
PS More than one person has asked me if the membership of the Administrative Committee is a secret. Is it?
Regards, Ben Aveling,
Secretary, Alexandria Branch