Julia Gillard, Robbo, Dastyari, John Graham all spoke to Conference and all of them said that reform was essential, as did a range of the other speakers – even as they disagreed about what reforms they wanted to see.
Nathan Rees was present, and said to Channel 9 that Labor can’t win until it reforms
The OurALP Fringe event was well attended and Bob Carr was very well received.
But the absolute highlight of the day was that we got a good chunk of what we wanted. It’s not perfect. There are still loopholes and the Rank and File will need to be vigilant to ensure that these loopholes are not exploited. But it’s still an enormous step forwards. See below for details.
Ballots for Admin and Rules and National Conference and the other committees are today. Neil Reilly and Chris Quilkey are the only candidates for running for Admin that are not on a factional ticket. Running for Rules: Chris Quilkey, Ben Aveling and one other. Running for National Conference: Chris Quilkey and Maurice May. The Right have put the independant candidates last, behind the Left. The Left have not made a recommendation as to how preferences are to be distributed.
Anyone wanting a blow by blow account is invited to check out the twitter stream #nswalp11 (http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23nswalp)
Intervention only in exceptional circumstances
N.40 The Administrative Committee can, in consultation with the Parliamentary Leadership and the local Electorate Council, decide to hold a ballot under the provisions of this rule;
(a) in the case of the State By-election unless determined otherwise by the Joint Campaign Committee or,
(b) in case of any other by-elections; or
(c) if an endorsed candidate needs to be selected while the Party is on a campaign footing, as determined by the Administrative Committee; or
(d) in other urgent situations, as recommended by the Party Officers and with the leave of the Administrative Committee.
If this happens the candidate will be selected by a Committee made up of equal numbers from the Administrative Committee, and where practicable, the Local Electorate Council. The Committee’s candidate will become the endorsed Labor candidate.
N.40 The Administrative Committee may, in consultation with the Parliamentary Leadership and the local Electorate Council, conduct a selection for public office pursuant to the provisions of this Rule:
(i) in the case of a State By-election unless determined otherwise by the Joint Campaign Committee or,
(ii) in case of any other by-election; or
(iii) In exceptional circumstances
Where the Administrative Committee decides to conduct a selection for public office under this Rule, the candidate will be selected by a Committee made up of equal numbers from the Administrative Committee and the Local Electorate Council. The Committee’s candidate will become th eendorsed Labor candidate.
Timing of preselections
Nominations will be called, where practicable, at least one year before a General Election is expected. If necessary, for example, if there is a redistribution of electorates, nominations can be reopened and the Administrative Committee shall call for fresh nominations.
Nominations will be called at least one year before a General Election is expected unless there are exceptional circumstances that justify acting otherwise. If necessary, for example, if there is a redistribution of electorates, nominations can be reopened and the Administrative Committee shall call for fresh nominations.
Increase accountability by requiring proof for concessional membership
Members applying to join at a concessional rate must provide proof of their entitlement to this concessional rate. The Administrative Committee may by resolution establish levels of documentation required to support a claim of entitlement to the concessaionl rate and processes to ensure compliance with this rule.
direct election of union delegates
Neil Reilly and Chris Quilkey moved a motion of in-principle support for union members having the right to choose whether or not not they want to elect their delegates directly, as well as tightening some other loop holes (may -> shall, remove the option for people to bulk enroll other people, add a definition of exceptional circumstances, preselections to be called 12 months in advance, add a recourse if preselections are not called 12 months in advance, in-principle support for the public parts of the 2010 review)
Direct elections of party officers/Legislative Council
There was a lot of vitriol thrown on these topics – but I think that only amendment on the topic was “local determination of some National Conference delegates”, which got up. Bascially, each FEC gets to appoint one National conference delegate, with the remainder to be appointed by Conference. FECs are encouraged but not required to have that election be a direct election.
Publication of secretaries contact details
Darcy Byrne and ? Christodoulou moved a motion that Secretaries contact details should be available. The motion received a fair bit of support but failed on a show of hands.
Amanda Fazio said that headoffice will circulate material to branch secretaries if asked, on a monthly basis.
There is to be a new mechanism for generating policy – broadly speaking, it sounds like there will be working groups to produce reports (and there can be minority reports issued) and reports will then be sent to State Parliamentary Labor Party and/or Conference for endorsement.
The trial of 5 in 2015 is going ahead – exact mix, whether 60/20/20 or 50/50 or something else is still TBD and may be different in different electorates.
Online policy branch
There will be an experiment with an online policy branch – no preselection rights attached.