By Ben Aveling
The below is my (strictly unofficial) impression of what was and wasn’t achieved at the NSW State Conference, as regards the Faulkner/Carr/Bracks recommendations, and other.
What was achieved:
Recommendations 4, 9: Budget allocation to new party-building Activities
A budget has been allocated – to be distributed via SECs
Recommendation 5: Community-organising model
Passed. Not sure what this means in practice.
Recommendation 8: Amnesty for former members
An Amnesty was granted prior to conference, and has now expired.
Recommendations 11, 12: Direct election of a % of National Conference
One delegate per FEC. May be elected by FEC or by direct election, at discretion of FEC. Remaining delegates to be chosen by conference as per current rules. Takes effect from next year.
Recommendation 15: Ministers to report progress on policy implementation
Recommendation 18: Trade union conference delegates must be financial party members
Passed – not a great change from the current situation in NSW, which is that trade union delegates must be party members.
Recommendation 20: National party policy committees
Recommendation 23: Central Policy Branches
Central Branch may now move motions. Also, Regional Policy Branches may be formed.
Recommendation 24: National Appeals Tribunal determinations be binding
Only that decisions of Review Tribunal are to be available to members.
Recommendation 25: Intervention in preselections a last resort
Intervention in preselections only in exceptional circumstances.
Recommendation 26: Primaries in open/non held seats (60/20/20 members/unionists/public)
Some LGCs to be decided through primaries in 2012 and 5 winnable seats in 2015 – weightings TBD. (Winnable means that the margin is less than that needed to retake government.)
Other successful reforms:
Admin may put rules in place to establish proof of entitlement to concession.
Nominations are to be called at least one year prior to elections, except in exceptional circumstances
Long term party members (10 years) are entitled to an automatic vote in preselections
Issues based branches are allowed – one such is to be an online branch.
Country Conference is to discuss the selection process for the Country Organiser and make a recommendation back to the next State Conference.
Recommendation 1: That these recommendations be forwarded directly to the National Conference
Recommendation 2: National survey of Party members
Recommendation 3: Membership growth targets – set a target for growth
Recommendation 6: National Director of Organising
Recommendation 7: National campaigning organising and training Academy
Recommendation 10: Acknowledge correspondence promptly
Recommendation 13: Non-rotating presidents, with voting rights at National Exec
Recommendation 14: Direct election of Presidents
Not put to a vote.
Recommendation 16: No diluting member’s representation at conference with extra delegates
Recommendation 17: No dual (batt) voting
Recommendation 19: Ask trade unions to ask their members to be more involved
Recommendation 21: Engage with non-union 3rd party organisations
Recommendation 22: Non-factional, expert, members of policy committees
Some developments here, but will be factional, non-expert members.
Recommendation 27: Outreach organisation
Recommendation 28: Community Dialogue program
Recommendation 29: Permit progressive organisations to affiliate
Recommendation 30: Expand Labor Connect
Recommendation 31: Campaigns and Growth Forum
Recommendation 32-97: –not made public–
Nothing concrete? Who knows.
Other unsuccessful reforms:
An end to bulk enrolments.
Contacts for secretaries to be shared.
All other proposals for direct elections.
For an official summary, see the August Political Briefing.
The official report can be downloaded here.