John is putting forward changes to the rules. He is not offering rhetoric. The package of changes has been written to fit into the ALP rules book. His proposals read like an amending bill before Parliament. His text is free of ambiguity, humbug and fakery.
Part one is about integrity, a binding commitment that redefines the objective of the party to include “the use of public power at all times with integrity and honesty”. A complementary section binds all members, candidates, officials and elected representatives “to act at all times with integrity and honesty”. Wherever there is a consequential impact on a later section of the rules, the Senator has provided those clauses.
It might seem remarkable that a party needs to include such principles in its rules. Remarkable or not, the amendments are absolutely necessary.
Part two deals with preselection of members of the NSW Legislative Council and Senators. He proposes the deletion of the preselection powers vested presently in the conference and the Administrative Committee and the transfer of power to the membership, including the filling of casual vacancies.
Such a measure, if passed, breaks the power of the two collusive factions that run the ALP in New South Wales. Only a mug or an outsider could believe that the ruling Right and the Left (so-called) compete for power.
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