By Race Mathews
Key decisions at a steering group meeting earlier this week have identified a threefold role for Local Labor following on our party’s National Conference, namely:
- Adoption by Local Labor of the Policy Action Caucus (PAC) model, with both a national and a Victorian focus.
- An ALP Reform Implementation Watchdog project to ensure agreed reforms such as nationally of the Faulkner/Bracks/Carr review and in Victoria the Griffin Review are acted upon.
- Member induction, education, training and consciousness raising, through measures including short courses, debates, forums and the provision of a speakers bank to enable informed choices by branches and FEAs of speakers for their meetings.
Stuart Whitman and Cassandra Devine were appointed respectively as the group’s national and Victorian co-convenors and Race Mathews becomes its first national patron.
Further national patrons are expected to be announced shortly, and additional national and Victorian co-convenors and steering group members are to be sought with a view to cross-factional and gender balance.
Immediate actions agreed upon by the meeting include preparation of a submission on reform measures for presentation to the Victorian Rules Revision Committee prior to its deadline on 9 March.
The steering group will in future meet regularly, on the fourth Wednesday of every month.
What is the PAC model?
PAC = Policy Action Caucus
It’s sort of an officially sanctioned special interest group. I think it’s an attempt to formalise the relationship with groups like LEAN and Labor For Refugees, and to bring them back inside the tent.
You can find more details here, including the associated rights and responsibilities: https://ouralp.net/2011/12/03/selected-successful-motions/ Just search for PAC