1. The Labor Party must remove executive power to overrule member's selection of their candidate. 2. The Labor Party must endorse the candidate for Macedon chosen by majority vote of the members.
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Has the Victorian Labor Party Lost Sight of its Principles?
In late 2013 I became involved with the Woodend Branch of the Australian Labor Party. I attended a presentation by 3 nominees for the forthcoming Victorian Legislative Assembly vacancy for the seat of Macedon. Two candidates stated they were aligned with a faction. The third candidate stated he had no factional support and he had apparently gone against factional lines in nominating for pre-selection. This person lives locally, has previous experience in government and was impressive. He subsequently captured 81% of the local branch members’ votes, an overwhelming result.
The enthusiasm of the local members in having chosen their candidate was short lived because the Public Office Selection Committee (POSC) of the Victorian Labor Party appointed another nominee as the endorsed Macedon candidate. Although this nominee only had a fraction of the remaining 19% of members’ votes, this person’s selection was a stitched up deal between the Left and Right factions in deciding which faction was to have Macedon. This deal was made irrespective of the local branch members’ votes!
This arrogant behaviour of the faction-controlled POSC in disenfranchising the local members is totally unacceptable. Local members vehemently oppose the POSC decision, and have formally complained about serious irregularities in the POSC voting process. Prominent national and state members have also quickly supported the members with reported comments that “Macedon has been done over” and that factional control is “Labor’s malaise”.
How can a political party supposedly fighting for social responsibility and democracy allow this blatant disenfranchising of its members?
The POSC action has betrayed the democratic principles that the ALP supposedly holds, and the loyalty of its members!
Members are already asking, “Why do I bother with a party that cannot uphold the simple principle of democracy?” Opposition to the POSC action is rising like a tsunami wave that will soon engulf the party if the disenfranchising power of any executive group is not removed and the decision for the endorsed Macedon candidate does not reflect the majority decision of the local branch members.
I ask you to support this petition, whether or not you are a Labor supporter. It is a petition that aims to ensure that a community-based organisation adheres to the simple principle of upholding the democratic decision of its members and correcting injustice.
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