November newsletter

In dark times, some good news beckons at tomorrow’s ALP state conference in Victoria. (It’s at Moonee Valley racecourse from 9am – all ALP members can attend.) The conference seems poised to give ordinary party members 50 per cent of the vote to preselect Labor’s Senate candidates.  

This is a vital reform that will strengthen party democracy and the quality of Labor Senate candidates. It will give rank-and-file members a chance to assess the policies and personalities of the people we work for and who work for us. Over the past few months Open Labor has worked hard for this change in partnership with Local Labor and the Independents. Twenty-six branches have voted for the reform since the three groups held a well-attended public meeting on the issue last month. The branches are inner city, suburban and country (see list below) – the demand for change spans the party.  So if you can, come to the conference tomorrow and support it.

While you’re there, the Chifley Research Centre – Labor’s think tank – is running an event on Inclusive Prosperity: why inequality matters and what to do about it. Michael Cooney, Linda White and Godfrey Moase will speak about why our economy is becoming unequal, why that threatens future growth, and how the political system and Labor should respond. The event takes place at 2pm at the State Conference at Moonee Valley.

If thinking about the present is too troubling, then you can look to the future of inner-city education in Melbourne.  Education Minister James Merlino and a diverse panel of parents, academics and community leaders will discuss plans for three new inner city schools in an open forum.  This will be held in the Community Hub, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade in the Docklands on Monday 21st November at 6:15.

Here are the branches who are calling to increase the rank and file vote in Senate preselections:

Albert Park
Bacchus Marsh
Ballarat West
Bass
Bentleigh
Brighton
Canterbury
Castlemaine
Clayton South
Elsternwick
Fitzroy/Collingwood
Frankston North
Glenroy
Ivanhoe
Kilmore
Kyneton
Manningham
Newport
Pascoe Vale
Reservoir
Seymour
Strathmore
Williamstown
Wonthaggi
Woodend
Upper Yarra