They got rid of the Ruddster, now they are getting rid of the Rannster. With 14 per cent of the workforce as members, who can object to the trade union movement dictating to the ALP who should head up the parliamentary wing, federally and at the sate level? Don Farrell, South Australian, ex-Shoppies official, had a hand in the demise of the Ruddster and now someone called Malinauskas – did anyone elect him? – has decided that the Rannster has to go. After the little issue of Michelle and falling polls, it was only a matter of time. And gosh, why let him decide the timing of his exit – there is a coterie of union officials who knows what is in the best interests of South Australians!
Here is the story:
Once Mr Weatherill was advised of the Right’s decision to support him, he decided that he did not want to wait and that he should be the one to announce the mine expansion because it was so important for the future of the state.
There also was concern within the Left that the Right would renege on the deal.
Mr Weatherill conveyed this to Mr Malinauskas, the state secretary of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association, which holds sway in SA. He agreed that now was the right time to tell Mr Rann to step aside during parliament’s winter break.
Mr Rann reacted angrily, threatening to “make more noise than Kevin Rudd”, who was rolled as prime minister by Labor factions last year.
Mr Snelling late yesterday did not deny the version of events. A short time later Mr Rann released his statement. Earlier, Mr Weatherill had admitted to being behind the factional plot to unseat the Premier. But he claimed he had always treated Mr Rann with respect and urged others to do so.
Mr Weatherill refused to say if he was prepared to break his promise not to challenge for the leadership before the next state election, due in March 2014.
And just on a personal note, if the Shoppies thought they were doing South Australian residents a service by coercing all politicians to commit to ridiculously restrictive shop trading regulations – think again. Easter time – shopping centres, including Rundle Mall – a ghost town, post-Christmas time – ditto. I used to lovingly refer to Adelaide as ‘sleepy hollow’ – the trouble is that it is also the truth!