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HUGE WIN FOR PREMIER: Socialist Left faction resolve not to attend Monday’s Administrative Committee meeting

coupcollapses The Socialist Left ALP faction in Victoria had an emergency meeting at 11am today and resolved that its members would not attend Monday’s Administrative Committee meeting called to sack party secretary Steve Newnham.

Their decision is crucial because it means that there will be insufficient numbers of members of the Committee present to have a quorum, if members of Labor Unity and others opposed to Newnham’s removal also don’t attend.

It is considered a huge win for Premier John Brumby who had risked his authority in the Party by asking all involved to cease and desist.

The Left faction  have responded to the Premier’s wishes in a way that the Labor Unity faction used to do back in the day when the NUW/Storemen & Packers directed affairs in a responsible and sensible fashion.

When a senior Labor Unity source known to usually oppose Newnham but was horrified by the tactics employed here was asked by VEXNEWS what would happen now to the NUW and other plotters, their eloquent response was “They have a working majority (in the Right) without a shred of legitimacy. Their approach was to treat everyone else in the ALP like union organisers rather than act like figures of stature consulting and discussing. I have supported a change in a decent and honourable way. They have behaved like gangsters, who refuse to win hearts and minds, and have now managed to delay the whole thing for God knows how long. They can now suck it up.”

A patriot on the side of the plotters who will always enjoy VEXNEWS’s respect for his sound views admitted “this was amateurishly handled by people who don’t understand the organisational wing. It is now in the Premier’s hands for him to resolve. This hasn’t done Newnham any good though. JB will now sort this. If he wants to keep them til the next state election, he can.”


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  1. This is the only sensible outcome.

    What a disgrace this ever came up! It’s time for the Pres to go.

    Posted by Noel Jackson | December 19, 2008, 13:30
  2. Time for Donnelly to fall on his Greg Sword…

    Posted by oops | December 19, 2008, 13:35
  3. NUW = National Union of Wankers.

    Posted by anon | December 19, 2008, 14:01
  4. I would rather deal with Kim Carr then the NUW/SDA

    Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008, 14:12
  5. byahh

    Posted by propaganda monkey | December 19, 2008, 14:14
  6. SL convenor Andrew Giles received a phone call from the Premier asking him not to go to Admin on Monday night. Did Dan O’Brien approve this phone call?

    Posted by vicminnow | December 19, 2008, 14:54
  7. SDA = Stupid Dickheads & Arseholes.

    Posted by anon | December 19, 2008, 14:56
  8. Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008, 15:38
  9. No wonder no one subscribes to Crikey anymore. Could they have got this more wrong?? Maybe their slogan “telling you what they won’t” is because it’s all fictional crap. Do they do any research?? Keep going VexNews – you must be helping Crikey’s demise!

    Posted by newswatcher | December 19, 2008, 15:57
  10. “HUGE WIN FOR PREMIER: Socialist Left faction resolve not to attend Monday’s Administrative Committee meeting”

    What meeting?

    Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008, 16:01
  11. y

    Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008, 16:10
  12. It’s tragic when the only people with a grip on politics & the essential utility of capitalism are SL.

    Posted by kk | December 19, 2008, 16:46
  13. Its hard to believe that anyone actually takes this website seriously, but for the naive its probably important that someone here tells the truth.

    Re Newnham: compromise was reached and the deal’s done. Just wait and see…

    Posted by The Inconvenient Truth | December 19, 2008, 17:02
  14. My dear colleague Robin,
    Not only were you properly rimmed without lubrication in Darebin, it seems as the though the lubrication has not been used again and that you will be continually fucked unlubricated. Watch out as you will be sliced and diced shortly!

    Posted by [deleted] | December 19, 2008, 17:07
  15. Vicminnow – your closing question is the pertinent one, particularly if the Premier really wants to ask “how the f*** did this happen?”. Dan’s the man.

    Posted by Rampant | December 19, 2008, 19:55
  16. Stephen Richardson has to go.How about David Asmar for State Secretary? The he and his cousin/wife could be a power couple! Jayne Govan could be employed to run reception.

    Posted by World War Eleven | December 19, 2008, 21:25
  17. Pity the Premier didn’t intervene in Hume, shows that the ALP is completly fucked, they are happy to have a Lib mayor in an ALP council

    Posted by anony | December 21, 2008, 23:28


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