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LEAVING: Tim Gartrell quits as ALP National Secretary

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.



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  1. Scooped by the ABC and AAP.

    Posted by William Hogarth | September 30, 2008, 15:04
  2. they can have steven newnham

    Posted by anon | September 30, 2008, 19:23
  3. we herby launch an unprecedented cross factional campaign SEND STEPHEN NEWNHAM TO CANBERRA campaign.

    Steve will keep the bastards honest nationally.

    we need support on this so please post your support on this site.

    Posted by andrew giles/jeff jackson | September 30, 2008, 19:37
  4. Andy, looks like your inside info on Peter McMullin may be “on the mark”
    Any news on his Deputy.

    Posted by Mebourne Unity | September 30, 2008, 20:28
  5. its gartrell andrew not gartell (in the banner)

    Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2008, 22:05
  6. John So, Melbourne’s beleaguered Lord Mayor has called it a day.

    John So has come under pressure lately for his lack of performance, financial miss-management and policy vacuum.

    John So faced with stiff competition has bowed out of the race rather then face a challenge. Accompanied by his wife and family John announced his decision to not stand at a press conference held today at the Town hall

    Posted by melbcity | October 1, 2008, 11:26
  7. Rumour around Town Hall is that John So could not longer work with his number one council candidate Catherine NG and the prospect of spending another term with Catherine was just too much for a Mayor in a Possum coat to bare.

    Posted by melbcity | October 1, 2008, 11:40
  8. John So hangs up robes. One hour later Andy has nothing. Are U waiting until Thursday’s Herald Sun?

    Posted by So Bro | October 1, 2008, 12:09