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Thursday, January 27, 2005

It smells like a backroom deal

What drives more people away from the ALP?
Is it the lack of solid leadership?
Is it the inability to communicate ideas and policy?
Is it the smell of smell of Kimbo's armpits after a visit to the gym?
Or the way Julia Gillard struggles to cook a decent BBQ?
No, it is the belief that the party is controlled by factional heavy weights who pull the strings in backroom deals and have their own interest at heart more than that of the good of the community. The recent federal leadership contest (or non-contest as it turned out to be) is a clear example. of this. Three people wanted the job, two were pressured to withdraw and leave one to be elected unopposed. What is the point of even having a vote? They might as well have just called everyone in the party and said look Kim is the new leader and that is that.
Anyway, I wasn't actually to upset to see Kim Beazley get the job again. The way he handle the Tampa pissed me off but that doesn't really matter now anyway. The reason I am pissed off is because his election just gives the impression of the backroom deals again. Which is what I hate and why you won't see me joining the party in a big hurry.


  • At 8:26 pm, January 31, 2005, Blogger Brent said…

    Well said, Blair.

    The Beaze isn't my first choice either, but he's not the devil incarnate, and he isn't John Howard.

  • At 12:12 pm, February 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Though factional myself I have become a convert to the British system of leader election involved the unions, parliamentary wing of the ALP and rank and file members each with 1/3 of the vote in an electoral college system. It at least would encourage more people to join the ALP because they would have a say in the leader


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