The ALP’s National Secretary Tim Gartrell has resigned to pursue a job in the private sector. We understand he’s gone to Auspoll, part of the Photon Group that owns CPR Communications.
The mastermind of the “Kevin07” election win was considered by many to be likely to take up Senator John Faulkner’s place in the Senate eventually or to take up Bob Debus’s seat when he retires but those plans appear to have been put on hold.
NSW State Secretary Karl Bitar has emerged as a strong prospect for the job, backed by Senator Mark Arbib. Queensland AWU young gun Jim Chalmers is also interested and is a good chance.