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NX POWER-PLAY: All Victorian ALP Federal ministers pre-selected without a contest after CFMEU threat

ministerialzil EXCLUSIVE: So far unreported news from Friday’s ALP National Executive meeting is that all Victorian federal ministers have been automatically preselected without a contest.

Protected by the decree is Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Martin Ferguson (nearly left off the list in what some saw was a shrewd stunt by his old foe Anthony Albanese but was apparently just an accident), Alan Griffin, Lindsay Tanner, Jenny Macklin, Senator Carr, Senator Conroy and Nicola Roxon.

While some would say this is reminiscent of old-style Soviet days when ministerial Zil limousines had special express lanes to ensure the proles didn’t interrupt their important work, others say it was an essential move to protect the ALP from disruptive elements within the CFMEU whose aim was to embarrass and potentially defeat ministers by running against them.

The CFMEU had persistently threatened the preselection of both Alan Griffin and Senator Conroy in internal discussions, Griffin has an increasing issue with the local numbers in his seat and Conroy could quite possibly have been bumped down to the marginal #3 spot on the Senate ticket if they’d combined with the Labor Right elements ably represented by Senator Feeney.

Left union sources tell VEXNEWS that the CFMEU/AMWU officials have demanded three state seats for the CFMEU, including the removal of their former official Brian Tee (who they say has ratted on them by being too friendly to Kim Carr) and a state and a federal seat for the AMWU.

It was envisaged these would come from the Socialist Left’s allocation of seats negotiated under the January deal between the SL and Labor Unity.

These requests would be very difficult to accommodate, perhaps proving up frequent gossip that the well-paid union radical AMWU boss Steve Dargavel owns an expensive motor boat occasionally moored in Docklands called ‘Ambit Claims’.

We understand that CFMEU Construction official Emma Walters is a possible candidate from their team and that Bronwyn Halfpenny and Steve Dargavel from the AMWU are keen to climb Labor’s Ladder of Opportunity into the State Parliament.

The Left union officials Bill Oliver and Steve Dargavel are blockheads but have been smart in their choice of advocate, the wily Senator David Feeney from the Ambition Faction of the NUW, SDA and Feeneyites.

He has attempted to explain patiently to the Left’s leadership, like Senator Kim Carr, that he can keep his group together and in peace if they complied with these reasonable requests.

Carr is having none of it, saying the government and his Socialist Left faction will not be held to ransom by balaclava wearing thugs from the CFMEU. Carr’s position is strongly supported by Senator Steve Conroy and Bill Shorten who won’t have a bar of the CFMEU Construction division attempting to strong-arm policy outcomes or preferred candidates out of the ALP through blackmail or threats.

So the issue was resolved on Friday, in that democratic centralist way the ALP can, by a quick decree of the National Executive.

Some say the CFMEU are still looking around for opportunities to (figuratively) bomb-throw and are possibly contemplating a move against a state Minister and Carr ally Lynne Kosky in Altona, or Labor Unity’s Fiona Richardson in Northcote or other seats where they believe they could poll reasonably locally and then combine with Left and Right rebels to snatch the seat.

The game of brinksmanship seems set to continue until the close of nominations this Thursday.


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  1. lets hope Brendan was aware of everything that went on!!

    Posted by jack | June 21, 2009, 14:56
  2. I am a bit concerned that I have not been protected like all the Victorian ALP Ministers. I should be a minister as I have done all I can to keep all factions happy within the AlP and have done nothing that would upset any Liberal members. Perhaps that is why come to think of it. Maybe I should actually show some backbone and attack the Libs and support fellow ALP members instead of simply being known as the Minister for handing out flags. Mind you, I do a great job at that particular role.

    Posted by Anthony Byrne | June 21, 2009, 15:06
  3. Hey Brian Tee you are going to learn a big political lesson. Don’t bite the hand the feeds you. You have spent your time sucking up to your former boss Hulls. The CFMEU are now going to bone you for your efforts. Well done you faux comrade hope you enjoyed your fifteen minutes of fame.

    Posted by T is for Traitor | June 21, 2009, 16:54
  4. *that feeds you

    Posted by T is for Traitor | June 21, 2009, 16:55
  5. For a leftie, Brian’s ok. I hope he stares down these CFMEU bastards.

    Posted by Spud | June 21, 2009, 18:01
  6. They might be going about it in a different way but if its actually a stability deal then there should be room for all significant parts of the Vic branch including them. Can anyone name anyone from the Left who Brumby or Rudd just could not do without such that they cannot be accomodated in some way?

    Posted by anon | June 21, 2009, 19:38
  7. yes Carr is just being bloody minded. it should be about the long term future of the state and federal labor governments, not about whether Carr gives out all the prizes.

    Posted by anon | June 21, 2009, 19:47
  8. if only Labor Unity unions had this much fight in them and then clean out the deadwood

    Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009, 21:42
  9. Hey Spud, Tee is only there because of the CFMEU. The CFMEU are being treated like dogs by the Left who prefer to deal with the AWU. What universe are they on? You could start a bushfire with the dead wood in the Left. Carr’s strategy of isolating the CFMEU will be his downfall.

    Posted by T is for Traitor | June 21, 2009, 21:53
  10. Lambros for Brunswick

    Posted by Carlo Carli MP | June 21, 2009, 23:36
  11. So upper house seats, no real preselection.

    Ministers, no real preselection.

    John Brumby has no right to do this.

    Legal action is needed to stop this shafting of democracy.

    What’s the point of being a member of the ALP if you never get to vote.

    This a joke. No wonder Andy loves it and thinks its good. His right-wing mates get seats while rank and file get nothing.

    What seat is Dan O’Brien getting??? Will he sit next to Noel Ashby’s mate Tim Pallas???

    Posted by farkeed | June 21, 2009, 23:58
  12. The Liberals had 600 people sitting around for eight hours discussing and asking questions about their candidate in Kooyong.

    The ALP has a committee of Faceless Men deciding preselections.

    It is rotten to its corrupt core.

    Posted by Jack Orfen | June 22, 2009, 0:00
  13. This blog is the first to jump on the “freedom & democracy” badwagon and makes lofty claims of being “unbiased” and not part of the Labor right machinations , these peselections are nothing but a sham, an affront to democracy and complete disregard to the rank and file membership where’s the hardline, your journalism is nothing but gutless propaganda that serves your friends

    Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2009, 9:09
  14. January – announcement of stability deal is peace in our time.

    June – after six months of unending war Generalissimo Carr seeks UN(ALP NX) intervention to avoid slaughter.

    Carr: “we are bogged down with no chance of winning the war. Let us now try to win the peace.”

    Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2009, 16:00
  15. Another 8 years of Carr makes me want to vomit….and Conroy too….Haven’t the Unions got some brighter sparks to replace those old war horses…..

    Posted by T is for Traitor | June 22, 2009, 17:26
  16. Dargavel and Halfpenny for parliment who is kidding who to much bull—- from them.once again trying to use the union to get a safe seat.Let them both try and win a marginal seat, yep you guessed it wont contest a marginal

    Posted by anon | June 22, 2009, 19:45
  17. The Unions don’t have any bright sparks just more brain dead hacks like carr and conroy

    Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2009, 21:27
  18. Rid us of Kosky and Richardson? Bloody good moves. Please fast track both. Kosky is a total loser and always has been. Richardson and her dumb arse partner are bad news that we can do without. But also rid us of Pike the idiot and a few other geriatric old farts.

    Posted by Jhan Tabiliou | June 22, 2009, 22:13
  19. Is this the same Steve Dargavel who so (un)ably represented an ACT seat for 6 months before it was abolished in 1996?

    Posted by Julie Bishop | June 23, 2009, 10:41
  20. Andy you’re acting like a big right wing c-word. We have ‘Carlo Carli’ – yeah right! – backing dumbshit Lambros against all comers for Brunswick. I make an ironic nod to a comment made to the press during Ian Baker’s challenge for leadership all those years ago and you delete it. Eff you you fat right wing c-word!

    Posted by George's Seats "Get it?!" | June 23, 2009, 14:33
  21. Who the heck are these two blow ins for the western metro region? Bob Smith lives in another area and is already an MP. Llewelyn rees is a mate of Kim carr but so friggin what? Why do either bloke deserve being forced down our throats or what have WE done wrong?

    Posted by Adam Cross | June 24, 2009, 11:08
  22. More of Censoring Steve Conroy as Comms Minister? Just what the country needs in a time of economic decline: an inwards- & backwards-looking, anti-progress, anti-market, anti-technology hack.

    Posted by Epstein's Mother | June 24, 2009, 12:52
  23. You want transparency and debate without the factionalism? Fatten up the cross bench… Vote democrat!

    Posted by Pol Dunraibert | June 24, 2009, 16:35


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