Anthony Albanese hasn’t yet revealed his hand publicly, but the Fin Review reported this morning that the outgoing Deputy Prime Minister had told leadership aspirant Bill Shorten he planned to run.
This is undoubtedly the context for the extraordinary spray from Senator Stephen Conroy on Sky News earlier today.
Ignoring the fact that the caucus rules provide for an interim leader, and oblivious to the need for party democracy, Conroy claimed that a membership ballot would render the party a “laughing stock”.
If three years out from an election isn’t the time for a mature debate, when is? Clearly, though, since Craig Emerson opened the floodgates, it’s been demonstrated in spades that some ALP “elders” and “powerbrokers” are incapable of anything other than divisive bitterness at maximum media volume.
It’s as if they have learnt nothing from the past few years.
There is an orchestrated push to overturn the new caucus rules going on.
It’s been really heartening to me to read the reasons people are giving for signing.
If you care about a democratised Labor Party, and care about a progressive opposition open to the community and to its supporters, please consider signing and sharing.
I will be emailing the petition to all Labor MPs and Senators, and I would also urge anyone who shares the view articulated to consider emailing their own Labor MP and/or state or territory Labor Senators.