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WON’T HAPPEN: Federal intervention very unlikely for NSW

facelessmen Labor’s National Executive is highly unlikely to “intervene” and replace the NSW ALP administration according to sources familiar with Labor’s all-powerful group.

This is the same group famously referred to as the “faceless men” of the ALP when they used to bully and order Labor MP’s around to comply with their authority. These days the group is increasingly seen as a weapon to be used by Prime Minister Rudd to solve messes or get his own way, depending on your point of view.

“The National Executive already has the power – in theory – to move on people’s preselections, it wouldn’t need to sack the state Administrative Committee and State Secretary in order to do that,” the source explained.

“Not that it’s at all likely that the Executive would take out and shoot individual MP’s without a specific request from the Premier and major state stake-holders anyway. It could destroy the NSW Right if they did.”

It is certainly true that there have been whispers of such a move around Canberra in light of the swift, brutal and entirely reasonable execution of Lefty Nathan Rees but it’s more in the category of idle musing than a real plan, those familiar with the National Executive’s inner workings explained.

They also specifically rejected the suggestion that the National Executive Committee – a small sub-committee of the Exec – would do anything as dramatic as takeover a state branch. “It’s highly unlikely it would be used that way,” the source said.

The time for intervention – many Labor patriots think – was when the government was struggling to get through its policies under Premier Iemma. That opportunity was missed. It probably shouldn’t surprise that the wheels have fallen off the cart since.

Back then recently re-elected Premier and his clever Treasurer were destroyed by their own people, they left, and someone from the Left was put in to run things because the Right couldn’t agree on a candidate of their own. That was the situation worth intervention.

Now, the Right members of the NSW caucus have “got their act together.” Provoked by uppity Lefties and a treacherous snake in the form of Nathan Rees – who promised his Minister Joe Tripodi one day that he’d be retaining him and then sacked him the next – they finally comprehended the cost of their division.

Perhaps this will also be food for thought for divided Right fractions in the ALP across the nation.

Despite the messiness of any leadership change, there can be little doubt the NSW government now has a presentable, credible and a nicer leader. She’ll struggle to contain an Armageddon sized swing against her party at the next election, but there’s no leader they could pick able to solve that problem.

The National Executive won’t belatedly interfere in the NSW branch, just because Mark Arbib is grumpy he didn’t get his own way, is the prevailing view this morning despite what appears to be a shot across the bow in this morning’s Australian from the always well-sourced Samantha ‘Fair’ Maiden.


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  1. It is about time that the National Executive was looked into, all the
    right wing dickheads running the party need to be brought to heel

    Posted by Argus Tuft | December 7, 2009, 9:30
  2. It was the left-wing dickheads who handed the right-wing Premier the power to appoint her own Ministry and in so doing to unload all those left-wing dickhead Ministers who only got there because of the previous power sharing arrangement that the left wing dickheads overturned at the recent State conference.Of course at the time the left-wing dickheads probably thought that their puppet,the dickhead Rees,couldn’t be deposed,but that’s dickheads for you!

    Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009, 10:25
  3. It is a big conspiracy. This was all planned from the beginning. Surely Mr Arbob knew the ramifications of what he did when he got Nathen to dump Tropodi….
    Please, this bloke would sell his donkey if he had to…

    Posted by Mrs orgasm | December 7, 2009, 10:39
  4. So many Godwin Grech’s so little time. The words (and many of them) leaking out of Canberra is that many already decided NSW preslections for federal seats are in a bag of trouble. The shit pile under the carpet has got so big it can no longer be ignored. The likes of Bowen and Arbib who benefited from the rancid, vile activities of the NSW Right are also in the frame. A lot of this mess stems from the actions of the eccentric, talentless Bernie Riordan trying to protect his turf. Bowen’s Mrs complained about an organiser in the NSW ETU that she didn’t like (probably regarded him as bit too working class, these ALP careerists don’t like being near the great unwashed)Bernie allegedly leant on one of the power companies to give the poor bloke a job. Bernie not realising the world had changed then ran up against a few employees in said power company who blew the whistle to ICAC on Bernie’s pressure tactics. This whole mess in NSW is about Bernie and the privatisation debate. Bernie is a power mad dickhead, in more ways than one. Now all the stacking, the alleged inflation of his membership numbers, his attempts to destroy other divisions of the CEPU + other misdeamours are coming back to bite him on the arse. Others will get bitten hard on the arse in all of the fallout, a few political aspirations are being demolished as we apeak, not before time. I just hope jokers like Arbib don’t avoid the axe.

    Posted by Right Out Of Line | December 7, 2009, 10:55
  5. ask Shorten about emposing candidates by the national executive…

    Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009, 11:16
  6. Eddie Obeid gave a brilliant interview on 2GB late Friday afternoon. Kept his anger under control and provided a devastating list of Fairfax’s lies and slanders, mainly authored by Kate McClymont. He mentioned that he had already won a $2.7m defamation case (costs and award) against McClymont yet now she’s rehashing the same slurs. Fingers crossed he bankrupts them this time.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | December 8, 2009, 12:41
  7. Bronwyn Bishop – ah I often have lustful thoughts of Bronny smacking my botty.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | December 8, 2009, 14:02
  8. Posted two last night to shed some light on misinformation boiling out of one or two malcontents in Macquarie. Both deleted today. Clearly faceless editor is known to me, or I to him. A censored blog is no news at all mate.
    A pox on all your undergrad endeavours.

    Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2009, 11:46
  9. Matt will live to fight another day. No intervention is on the cards.

    It was meant to scare them straight.

    It worked a treat!

    Posted by Close To The Storm | December 12, 2009, 13:11
  10. The shine is definately off Mark The Camel Arbib.

    With Krudd not happy with Arbib, some sharks are already starting to circle, some of his mates are now distancing themselves from him and his recent attempts to cut deals with Albo (over seats like Macquarie) have gone down like turds in a swimming pool.

    It shows that the Young Labor way of doing things, that is in the sneakiest most cynical way possible does not replace little things like honesty, honor and staying true to your word.

    This is Arbib’s second pre-election round of deals and betrayals. I bet this will also be his last.

    Posted by Arbib Needs A Doughnut Cushion | December 13, 2009, 13:52