14-16 June 2020: The ALP national executive federal intervenes into the Victorian ALP following revelations of “industrial scale” branch stacking and threats by (now) former state minister and power broker Adem Somyurek.
ALP national president Wayne Swan said that Steve Bracks (former state premier) and Jenny Macklin (former federal cabinet minister) “will provide the national executive with recommendations on how the Victorian branch should be restructured and reconstituted so that the branch membership comprises genuine, consenting, self-funding party members”.
Victorian Premier Andrews wrote to ALP national secretary Paul Erickson calling for profound reform of the branch, and asking for its members’ voting rights to be suspended.
Premier Andrews said: “I have no confidence in the integrity of any voting rolls that are produced for any internal elections in the Victorian branch … we must suspend those elections and begin a long and critical process of validating each and every member of the Labor party in Victoria as genuine, consenting and self-funded”.
All state officials and staff will have to report to Bracks and Macklin, who are appointed until January 31 next year.
All committees are suspended and all voting rights are suspended until 2023. Bracks and Macklin are requested to produce their recommendations by 1 November this year, with the federal implementation process ongoing to 2023.
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