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ADIOS: Kevin on Kevin violence prompts Labor’s Right and Left to pick Rudd over dud

ruddharkins It’s all happening in the normally peaceful and idyllic state of Tasmania at the moment. The election of five Greens party politicians in their state’s lower house has created unprecedented instability and carnage in state politics with Premier Bartlett reluctantly staying on in the top job, in conjunction with the Greens, whose unstated aim is to destroy Labor in the way many parasites can kill their host. The number of Greens voters (and party activists) at the ACTU makes it clear Labor’s left continues to allow the parasite to grow, bigger and bigger, unchecked and mostly uncriticised.

BIG CALL
It was a big call for Bartlett saying he wouldn’t govern with the Greens and he certainly looked like he meant it, now we’ll see just how sincere he was. If he goes along with the Greens in pursuing their radical agenda on heroin decriminalisation or extending the vote to murderers and rapists while they are serving their sentence in jail then he’ll do much to destroy Labor’s already roughed-up brand down there.

Bartlett’s chief of staff Terry Field  is the brother of the former Labor Premier Michael Field whose career was destroyed by his ill-fated partnership with the Greens, so both the cos and his boss will be keen not to repeat that damaging episode.

ON RUDD’S ORDERS
At the federal level, the Tasmanians haven’t exactly excelled themselves, indulgently preselecting renegade union ‘pugilist’ Kevin Harkins despite the express direction of the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd that he would not be tolerated as a candidate.

While there is genuine dispute within the ALP about exactly what Harkins had done to earn the Prime Ministerial veto, there was no doubt that he needed to be chopped as Rudd required. The media says it loves a healthy internal democratic party process. They lie. They insist and demand the most Stalinist set of arrangements where the Party Leader’s every opinion is quickly implemented. Anything else is a repudiation, a humiliation and a desecration. As a result, a public expression from an incumbent PM that an aspiring candidate is an unperson is and will these days probably always be sufficient grounds to terminate them.

Tonight (Thursday evening), the Right and Left caucuses of the National Executive met and resolved to flick Harkins in favour of a former state minister who’d just lost her seat, preachy leftist Lisa Singh.

Singh is no genius either, party insiders say, with her publicly attacking her own party’s belated but correct decision to hold the radical Greens party to account for its extreme policies during the state election. She was defeated by Scott Bacon, the son of the former Premier Jim Bacon and who doorknocked a huge number of homes while Singh was playing the important minister, too notable to mix it up with retail political tasks.

In sequence, the ticket has been re-ordered from the Tasmanian’s initial choice of the Right’s Helen Polley, Harkins and AMWU official Anne Urquhart to now be Polley, Urquhart and Singh. The third position is by no means a certain pick-up.

Faction insiders tell VEXNEWS the Left caucus split 5:4 with Mark Butler and Anthony Albanese defeating forces aligned with Kim Carr on the Harkins issue.

RIGHT FIGHT
The Right faction supported the PM’s view but there was some dispute among its participants about whether Singh should be supported or the factionally ambiguous and incumbent Senator Kerry O’Brien should be given a life-line, partly as a reward and encouragement for him leaving his left faction.

His Senate colleague David Feeney argued the case for O’Brien although interestingly the national secretary of the SDA Joe de Bruyn opposed Feeney’s view.

There was criticism of O’Brien over claims he’d been involved in ratting on Labor candidates or some such. Feeney apparently conceded this point but pointed out that the Singh had some baggage too that ought be considered. She had previously ignored Labor caucus decisions on support for a pulp mill project in Tasmania and abstained.

The moderate union leader de Bruyn won the argument and Singh won support of the Right caucus too, meaning the result of the National Executive on Friday is now a foregone conclusion: Harkins is a goner.

We suspect the Tasmanian Kevin will have to wait for Queenslander Kevin to retire off to the United Nations or George Soros thinktank before taking his union-decreed birthright in Club Fed.

Labor insiders sympathetic to Harkins say he would have been a much better Senator than Singh. We’ll now probably never know.

While Rudd might have been brought back to Earth by the pugnacious Liberal leader Tony Abbott, any doubt that he’s still large and in charge in Labor Land was swiftly quelled by the National Executive caucuses tonight (Thursday) and will be made clear to all the world after the formal meeting of the National Executive tomorrow.

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  2. Wheres Wendy when you need her?

    Posted by screamin mee mees | April 9, 2010, 8:57
  3. Those Greens are nothing but trouble – trouble, I say.

    Posted by Ben | April 9, 2010, 10:22
  4. Legalised heroin; impractical policies on animal rights; comfort to the perpetrators of Middle East atrocities – this is the greens political party in a nutshell. Insincerity, cant and hypocrisy characterise their dirty political fingerprints. When is Labor and the union movement going to wake up to the crooked greens pestilence and eradicate it as you would a swarm of locusts?

    Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010, 10:53
  5. Has Labor ever pondered a coalition with the Libs?

    Centre right-centre left coalitions aren’t unheard (SPD-CDU in Germany) of and are a good strategy to prevent extreme left green loonies from destoying your jurdistinction.

    The environmentalist movement is one of the biggest threats posed to Western Civilisation intent on returning us to the Dark Ages by its unequivocal faith in its pseudo-religion of gaia worship and its mythical pseudo-daemons of global warming and population growth. The Liberals were right in expelling latte sipper Turnbull whose mind had been infected by this destructive ideology.

    It’s time everyone wised up and realised that not only climate change but environmentalism itself is a scam.

    Posted by Mitchell Observer | April 9, 2010, 11:43
  6. Andy, boy, you lead the ALP right faction so far astray it almost seems deliberate. And for this I salute you.

    Posted by glamnesia | April 9, 2010, 12:09
  7. Darlene Reilly will be pumped up reading this article. People make sure you join the facebook group “SunRRA do not speak on behalf of people living in the Western Suburbs” and lets stop these radical greenies.

    Posted by SunRRA do not speak on behalf of people living in the Western Suburbs | April 9, 2010, 12:41
  8. Posted by SunRRA do not speak on behalf of people living in the Western Suburbs | April 9, 2010, 12:41

    Great group but there not just greenies they known party members of both the Greens and the Libs.

    Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2010, 13:29
  9. The smart thing would have been to let Kevin have the spot, even if it meant to let a Lefty boof head get up.

    Krudd has let his petulant side do the thinking. Now the Labor Senate ticket in Tassie will be even weaker.

    Dumb move Kruddie.

    Posted by Clam Man | April 9, 2010, 15:59
  10. Dear Kerry,
    Thanks for all your help during my pre-selection and the subsequent events.
    Wish you and your office all the best.
    Steve Riesigg

    Posted by mung bean man | April 9, 2010, 16:58
  11. let put the story correct carr lined up with butler and albbanesr like all good little sheep

    Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2010, 18:34
  12. The national secretary of the SDA Joe de Bruyn opposed O’brien because he was advised too by Paul Griffin the secretary of the Tasmanian branch of the SDA. Griffin was treasurer of the Reisigg campaign and saw first hand how after losing the Bass pre selection with his candidate,the now disgraced member for Bass Jodie Cambell. O’brien and his office ran a personal smear campaign against Reisigg targeting his family and friends that made even the most hardened of party veterens blush.Finnaly unwilling to see his good name and that of his family draged thruogh the gutter by O’brien and his staff, Reisigg stood aside and well the rest is there for all to see in the disater that is the retiring MHR for Bass Jodie Campbell.

    Posted by mung bean man | April 9, 2010, 19:49
  13. The current leadership of the ACTU (for lack of a better term) is causing long-term damage in permitting Green-sympathetic individuals to gain positions of influence.

    The erosion of a strong political compass within the ACTU has meant that the voice of unions in our country is weak, insipid and none too bright.

    Shame on you Burrow, Shame on you Lawrence. You are both piss weak sell outs. The Left are rotten to the core.

    Posted by Scrambled Eggs | April 9, 2010, 23:00
  14. Keep it up ALP. Everytime you open up your shrill little yappers another ALP voter makes the decision to stop being a labor lemming and decides to vote Green. Tasmanian style outcomes are the result of your political immaturity and alienating left leaning ALP voters. Bye bye Tanner and Co you are dinosaurs, never again the ALP for me.

    Posted by It's so easy being Green | April 10, 2010, 0:34
  15. Never turn your back on a Sikh. Ask the British Officers who were bayoneted by their troops after the fall of Singapore. The Japs looked the other way.

    Lisa Singh is a Tasmanian, but carries the burden of this great betrayal.

    Posted by Write your name in shame | April 10, 2010, 0:35
  16. De Bruyn is not a moderate union leader but instead an old, dogmatic lunatic who should move over after 400+ yrs to allow for a new SDA leadership. Apparently there is a strong push for such reform to take place but old Joe rules the place like North Korea.

    Posted by The real deal | April 10, 2010, 10:08
  17. I do wish you mainlanders wouldn’t impose your view of the world on us Tasmanians. There’s a reason the Tasmanian Greens get such a big vote in Tasmanian state elections and that’s because the two big parties do things down there that would never be tolerated on the big island.

    As for “…unprecedented instability and carnage in state politics…”. Ummm…. No… You might want to Google to see what the Liberal Premier Robin Gray got up to in 1989 when the Greens won 5 seats and held the balance of power. Carnage and instability is right, including attempts by Liberal supporters to bribe a member of the ALP, Gray advising the governor to immediately call another election after he lost that one, and Gray hiding $10,000 of ‘donations’ in his freezer (wrapped up in football socks). It’s worth mentioning that Gray is now a director of Gunns.

    Things are different down there.

    Posted by anon | April 10, 2010, 10:56
  18. “…the Greens…radical agenda on heroin decriminalisation or extending the vote to murderers and rapists while they are serving their sentence in jail”

    Do you actually believe this? That was a load of BS dished up by a desperate ALP in the last few days of the campaign. It was completely discredited and backfired on the ALP and probably cost them quite a few votes.

    You need to understand that things are different in Tasmania. The Greens are not particularly radical down there. If you want to dig the dirt on Tasmanian politics you’d find more profitable ground in the relationship between the big parties and large corporates. That’s where the extraordinary and radical things are happening.

    Posted by anon | April 10, 2010, 11:04
  19. De Bruyn is the most shameful thing ever (well almost ever) to hit the union movement. Let’s not forget he was the winner of the inaugural Ernie Ecob Award (The Ernies) for his remark: ‘All childcare subsidies should be removed and reallocated to women who stayed home to mind their children’. Ernie Ecob was the Secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), the old Shearers Union, and was famous for his comment that women only wanted to be shearers for the sex. He also failed to endear himself to women in many other ways. His commentary only surpassed by De Bruyn over the years. It is fair to say that most young female retail workers have little in common with De Bruyn nor he with them. If ever you wanted an answer to why young people do not join unions, just look at the SDA. If they did not have the boss doing the recruitment for them they would cease to exist.

    Sexism is unfortunately again on the rise in unions of both the left and the right. It may not be as overt anymore, but it is alive and rearing its ugly head, and the perpetrators are the same nasty middle aged (and in some cases younger) emperors desperate to hang onto ever diminishing kingdoms. Good riddance to the bloody lot of them, no woman should be going near many of the Australian trade unions today, they are better off out of it.

    Posted by De Bruyn | April 10, 2010, 16:47
  20. De Bruyn is the most shameful thing ever (well almost ever) to hit the union movement. Let’s not forget he was the winner of the inaugural Ernie Ecob Award (The Ernies) for his remark: ‘All childcare subsidies should be removed and reallocated to women who stayed home to mind their children’. Ernie Ecob was the Secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), the old Shearers Union, and was famous for his comment that women only wanted to be shearers for the sex. He also failed to endear himself to women in many other ways. His commentary only surpassed by De Bruyn over the years. It is fair to say that most young female retail workers have little in common with De Bruyn nor he with them. If ever you wanted an answer to why young people do not join unions, just look at the SDA. If they did not have the boss doing the recruitment for them they would cease to exist.

    Sexism is unfortunately again on the rise in unions of both the left and the right. It may not be as overt anymore, but it is alive and rearing its ugly head, and the perpetrators are the same nasty middle aged (and in some cases younger) emperors desperate to hang onto ever diminishing kingdoms. Good riddance to the bloody lot of them, no woman should be going near many of the Australian trade unions today, they are better off out of it.

    Posted by De Bruyn | April 10, 2010, 16:47

    THIS COMMENT IS SPOT ON.

    Posted by Scrambled Eggs | April 10, 2010, 22:36
  21. Ok lets hear from women in unions (working in them and members). Is your union also run by sexist cretins?

    Posted by De Bruyn-Challenge | April 11, 2010, 17:15
  22. I would hardly call the SDA a union, what have they ever done for workers. The SDA are well and truly in the pocket of the big retailers.

    Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2010, 0:45
  23. what a joke- the ALP refuses to let a trade unionist into parliament because he acted outside howards IR laws. rudd and gillard have turned the ALP into liberal lite.
    any trade unionist worth there salt would have acted the same way. the ALP take the unions money at election time but f%#K em over when it comes to getting good unionists into the parliament. rudd is a wolf in sheeps clothes

    Posted by anan | April 12, 2010, 11:43
  24. The anger is growing, many unions and many branch members will not be slave labour on election day. Rudd & Gillard have totally miscalculated. Unions are waking up to this awful bloody government. I totally support Kevin Harkins, he would have been a good Senator and he is just as worthy as the branchstacking bastards that will keep preselection. The branches are in revolt in NSW in many seats over the imposition of at least three candidates, Husic from the CEPU a mate of Arbib’s, Jones from the CPSU, rewarded for affiliating the union to the cash strapped ALP against members wishes and Rowland, a head nodder who opposed a Rights at Work float in the Blacktown Parade. They are just perfect for the ALP, just what Rudd wants, nice compliant head nodders.

    Posted by Labservatives | April 12, 2010, 12:37
  25. I’m off to the pub to have 100 more pots.

    Posted by Mick Malthouse | April 12, 2010, 13:39
  26. kkkkkkkkkkkkkk

    Posted by bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb | April 12, 2010, 18:15
  27. De Bruyn is spot on. My first experience of the SDA was being dragooned into joining when I worked at the bar of the Adelaide Festival theatre in the 1970′s. The bosses there had done a deal to keep the Liquor Trades Union, as it then was, out. Result – minimal overtime rates for we bar workers.

    Workers at the Theatre given a choice would have voted to bring the LTU in, but collusion between the Groupers that run the SDA and the bosses dictated otherwise.

    Just as the Groupers and their close mates in most of the AWU have almost forever scabbed on genuine unions, they scabbed on the ALP politically to keep the ALP out of power for 27 years.

    These people are not “moderates” – the old LTU/Storeman and Packers/ETU types who were industrially genuine unionists and who voted right/centre in the ALP – they were the moderates.

    This current group are far right sons and daughters of Groupers, and the antithesis of trade unionism and laborism. Not much hope for the world in that

    Posted by SDA is not a union | April 12, 2010, 20:15
  28. And further, its about time the left organised in the SDA and gave those pricks a run. They would fall over, they do nothing gfor their members

    Posted by SDA is not a union | April 12, 2010, 20:21
  29. The SDA is a compliant joke of a union. Good unions on the right like the LTU and NUW should join with good unions on the left like AMWU, CFMEU and LHMU to sort these useless pricks out. The SDA sets bad precedents for the whole movement with their pissweak agreements. The TWU with that dimwit Sheldon are just as bad at selling out workers but in addition to the sellout deals they also take corrupt dirty money from bosses.

    Posted by Troy. | April 12, 2010, 23:23
  30. One problem with the NUW is that certain officials put their own personal political careers before the best interests of the movement and their members and they need the support of the SDA to do this.

    Posted by Troy. | April 12, 2010, 23:28
  31. Rudd and Gillard have sold out Unions. When is the movement going to wake up and stop copping their crap. Burrow and Lawrence are as weak as piss.

    Posted by Troy. | April 12, 2010, 23:34
  32. The AWU are also a joke. Dickhead Howes writes a column in the Sunday Telegraph and talks about everything from terrorists in Dubai to Tony Abbuts budgie smuggelers but he never use`s the column as an opportunity to talk about issues that affect workers. Probably does`nt want to upset his future boss Kev.

    Posted by Troy. | April 12, 2010, 23:45
  33. Spot on Troy. Truer words have never been spoken. You obviously work for one of those named unions. Which one? Whisper it so no one else can hear…..

    Posted by Clam Man | April 13, 2010, 10:43
  34. Well said Troy. You are spot on. Especially about “Pablo” Howes. That shit about being born in Argentina,and saying he is only 28 years old. Would`nt we all like to knock 4 years off our age. Self appointed expert on everything,talks a lot of shit and achieves nothing.

    Posted by Richard. Licker. | April 13, 2010, 11:03
  35. What’s this about bening born in Argentina? Does Howes tell people he was born in Argentina? Why? Is he some South American freedom fighter too?

    Can he walk on water too?

    Posted by Clam Man | April 13, 2010, 12:18
  36. I think there should be more Polleys in the Parliament. Why can’t we have Helen Polley and 1, 2 and 3? Helen Polley provides the Senate with the high level of intellect and personality that it needs.

    Burp.

    Posted by query | April 13, 2010, 15:30
  37. The unions are fools.

    We know it. Rudd knows it.

    What other group would allow themselves to get buttf**ked time and time again and the dip their hands into their (members) funds to dish it out to the good old ALP when election time comes around?

    I have no sympathy for them. They are all after safe seats so they will sell out to keep their masters happy (the most recent is that arse-kisser Ed I’m Not A Mussie Husic)

    Even Paul Howes, the brave little son of Shorten that he is will sell out at the best suitable time. There’s a safe seat out there with his name on it right now.

    Spines are scarce in the labour movement. So, who can blame Creepy Kevin & Jackboot Julia for bending the good old boys over once in a while?

    Posted by Ben RightOver | April 13, 2010, 23:06
  38. Rudd and Gillard play Burrow,Lawrence and most National Secretary`s as fools.Does anyone realy expect Howes ,Lawrence and co to do anything?
    They won`t rock the boat and upset their next boss. Gillard still has her ombudsman going around harrassing honest organisers who are just trying to get a fair deal for their members.Now she is asking certain teachers to scab on other teachers with this current dispute. She should be ashamed.
    Wake up unions. Take control back of your party before its to late.
    All unions should stick together and tell Gillard enough is enough.
    Sharon and Jeff,grow some nads and lead the revival.

    Posted by Troy. | April 13, 2010, 23:41
  39. All star Senate ticket:

    1. Helen Polley
    2. Helen Polley
    3. Jacinta Collins
    4. Helen Polley
    5. Jacinta Collins
    6. Jacinta Collins

    Never before has the Senate been graced with such wit, intellect and agility.

    Posted by query | April 14, 2010, 10:47
  40. maybe the labor movement should form a political party that will represent their members intrests. oh they did 100+ years ago. what has become of the party of the workers??? it has been hijacked by carrer based pollys who serve none other that their mates in big buisness.
    telling teachers to scab.
    keeping the ABCC
    introducing workchoices lite
    keeping unionists out of t6he political wing of the party as it may shame some of the exunionist pollies into doin whats right for workers-
    curtains light on the hill is a long way away

    Posted by anan | April 14, 2010, 11:16
  41. It was Chifley’s Light On The Hill but I agree with you – you are right.

    Posted by Clam Man | April 14, 2010, 13:15
  42. The Labor Party in Australia cannot be described as anything than a lite-con political group. Rudd is just a younger version of John Howard. The majority of ALP politicians could easily be transposed into the Liberals or Nationals. There is no idealistic aspect of Labor at all anymore.

    The big question is: How do we change it?

    Posted by Clam Man | April 14, 2010, 14:50