NZ Labour Party Membership Increases by 25% with Rank and File Election of Leader
By Guest Blogger Tim Barnett, New Zealand Labour's General Secretary
On 22 August 2013 I was in Melbourne, a guest of the ALP observing the recent election, when New Zealand Labour's Chief Whip emailed me that our Party leader David Shearer was about to resign. That triggered for the first time a new process in our Party that had been put in place almost a year ago. In New Zealand's multi-party electoral environment some smaller [...]
A Leadership Ballot for Labor Leader is Critically Important if the Party is to Grow
It is critically important to the future of the Australian Labor Party that there is a rank and file vote for the next Leader. If the Party is to grow it must broaden its base. The best way of doing that is to give branch members a say in who their next Parliamentary Leader will be.
The reforms that Kevin Rudd introduced in July this year create two electoral colleges within the Labor Party to elect the Parliamentary Leader. 50% of the vote will come from [...]
Senator Cory Bernardi and the Call of the Wild
Senator Bernardi also stood by his controversial comments last year that the "next step" after recognising same-sex marriage was to support "creepy people" who chose to have sex with animals.
"Bestiality, of course it was an extreme example, but once again it's linked to the radical agenda of the Greens Party," he said.
Compulsory electoral funding steers politics away from the people
This article originally appeared on the Drum.
Now that the dust is settling on the ill-fated Electoral Funding Bill, I will set out my reasons for opposing an expansion of public funding of political parties.
Surely the best test of whether a political party is connecting with the public is its ability to increase its membership and raise its campaign funds from people who support the aims of that [...]
Even British Tories Allow a Conscience Vote on Gay Marriage, Why Won't Tony Abbott?
This was an historic week in the British Parliament as the House of Commons voted to allow gay marriage. Now the only obstacle of sorts to the measure is the House of Lords as the Conservative Party's hard right grouping looks for ways to prevent the bill's final passage into law.
The bill passed through the Commons by a big margin of 366 to 161 in a day where two ministers voted against the bill and other Conservatives urged the unrepresentative House of Lords to block the [...]