Shorten wins ALP leadership

October 13th, 2013 at 5:22 pm by David Farrar

has been elected Leader of the ALP. He got 64% of the caucus vote and 40% of the members’ vote which have a 50/50 weighting.

30,500 members voted out of around 40,000 members (which is a very small number for their population).

This is a victory for the unions and the Labor Right who were backing Shorten. Will be interesting to see his Shadow Cabinet.

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10 Responses to “Shorten wins ALP leadership”

  1. Grant Michael McKenna (1,156 comments) says:

    And Kevin Rudd begins leaking in three, two, one…

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  2. Nostradamus (2,943 comments) says:

    DPF:

    This is a victory for the unions and the Labor Right who were backing Shorten.

    Can anyone reconcile the contradiction between “Labour” and “Right”?

    And for bonus points, can anyone explain why Bill Shorten wants Tanya Plibersek as deputy leader (who is as Labour Left as they come)?

    On the actual result, Shorten goes down in history as the man who knifed two serving Prime Ministers – first Kevin Rudd in favour of Julia Gillard, then Julia Gillard in favour of Rudd. And the irony in all of this is that Shorten benefits from the new leadership ballot process that Rudd instigated, which makes it harder to push out the incumbent Labour leader!

    Fun times ahead in Australian Labor!

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  3. Paulus (2,501 comments) says:

    Helps when your Mother in Law is Australia’s Governor General.

    Any conflict of interest ?

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  4. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (787 comments) says:

    My question is – “Will it Shorten the odds for Labour winning the next election?”

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  5. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    I liked this quip on twitter:

    Jordan McCluskey ‏@JordanMcCluskey

    It will be hilarious when Shorten knifes himself for “the good of the Labor Party”, like he did to previous 2 leaders #auspol

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  6. boredboy (250 comments) says:

    The left and right factions of the Australian Labor Party have a system whereby the leader comes from one and the deputy from the other.

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  7. flipper (3,557 comments) says:

    Look at it this way…
    The 40,000 stated ALP members translates into about 7000-8000 NZLP members, which is in line with most sensible projections here.

    Sage Australian observers predicting the result, argue that it shows that Labour, and their unions manipulators, have learned nothing from their recent elections.

    The question for us is:
    Will New Zealand allow some 9 to 12 % of the work force, driven by Helen Kelly et al, to lead the country by the nose and convert PIGS into PIGSNZ?

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  8. louie (89 comments) says:

    Even worse than him being beholden to the unions perhaps is his deputy. Tanya Plibersek is a notorious anti-semite and hater of Israel. What is it about the left and their bigotry ?

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  9. mikenmild (10,720 comments) says:

    Pilbersek was reported as saying “I can think of a rogue state which consistently ignores UN resolutions whose ruler is a war criminal – it is called Israel and the war criminal is Ariel Sharon.”

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  10. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    As a member of the ÀLP I voted for Albanese but am satisfied with the result.

    Plibersek is very impressive and could well become Australia’s next woman PM.

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