ALP members have waited a long time for party reform. We have watched the Federal party waste the promise of the 2007 elections, tearing itself apart with personality politics, factional feuds, and backroom deals and bullying.
The party administration and campaigning, at both Federal and State levels, have been woeful to say the least. We must breakdown the wall between the insiders and the membership if this is to improve.
There is a cricket team of candidates for the Griffith By-election on 8 February 2014. Nine of the eleven candidates represent registered political parties, but will electors really have any idea about who or what they are voting for in Kevin Rudd’s old House of Representatives seat?
I left the comment below on a post by Michelle Grattan at The Conversation: Factional chiefs triumph – again regarding the abuse of ALP National Executive by factions to prevent the membership voting on State Upper House preselections for the November 2014 Victorian elections. Grattan argues that:
In the spirit of balance the following is a list of Selection Criteria for a Liberal Party leader:
Liberal Leader - Selection Criteria
- Looks good in lycra
- Not suppository of all knowledge
- Can tell the baddies from the goodies
- Not-bad-looking daughters
All members of the Australian Labor Party and its supporters should be very pleased about the upcoming ballot for Federal leader. So should all those who are interested in seeing a healthy and vibrant democracy down under.Update (24 Sep): It's definitely a presidential style campaign to fit the nature of politics these days.
In case you missed it, here's Anthony Albanese's Campaign Speech at the official launch today.Star quality!