So the Labor Party has changed?
Paul Howes, national secretary of the AWU, holds a press conference to announce his non-candidacy for a non-vacancy in the Senate. Evidently his candidacy would have caused the labour movement to ‘rip itself apart’. (Really?)
“It is clear if I was to be a candidate for this position, it would be a divisive, negative and destructive fight in the New South Wales branch of the Australian Labor Party,” he said.Ultimately, I made this decision because I don’t want to be a wrecker.” (Tell that to the Ruddster!)
He says he believes he would have had enough support to take the Senate position, but that his support for same-sex marriage would have caused a “messy, ugly” fight with the ALP’s pro-Catholic right wing.
“There’s clearly a significant amount of people within the party who don’t believe that it’s in the interests of the movement for me to enter Parliament,” he said.
“Sometimes I should probably be a little more faceless when I am dealing with some of my policy issues.”
I think I really must be missing something with all this principled behaviour.
Mark Arbib, former NSW ALP state secretary, gets slotted into the Senate. He doesn’t like it, having ratted on Kevin Rudd first time around. He leaves.
Bob Carr is slotted into the vacancy because the Ruddster has quit his position as Foreign Minister. Carr starts jetting around the globe immediately, wife in tow and $3000 a night suites a must.
Labor loses. Carr loses interest. Gosh, six years as a Senator in opposition. You have to be kidding. (The fact that he was allocated the top Labor Senate ticket spot seems neither here nor there to anyone.)
Everyone expects him to walk and presumably resume his interest in American history and blogging. Nice while it lasted, I guess.
And in the meantime, Sam Dastyari has been slotted into the senate. Recall that he took over from Arbib as NSW ALP state secretary. And then there is Matt Thistlethwaite, deputy secretary of the NSW Labor Party, who seemed to fall out of favour and was slotted into the Senate.
But he was not happy with the Senate so he was slotted into the seat of Kingsford-Smith. Because he has leadership ambitions? Surely not.
Can you pick the theme? All men, all Labor hacks, all using parliamentary positions as personal playthings.
Is this a good look?