ALP preselections: David Smith for Bean, boilover in Canberra

Ian Bushnell 3 September 2018 7
David Smith

Senator David Smith successfully switched to the Lower House race.

Senator David Smith has completed a deft pivot to contest the House of Representatives but the boilover of Saturday night’s ALP preselections count was Alicia Payne’s victory in the new central seat of Canberra.

Ms Payne, an Independent and most recently the former chief of staff to shadow families and social services minister Jenny Macklin, defeated the Left candidate and favourite John Falzon, the former CEO of the Vincent de Paul Society, the Right’s Kel Watt and Jacob Ingram, and Independent Simon Banks.

Senator Smith was intending to fight off a challenge from the woman he replaced in the Senate, Katy Gallagher, but switched to the new southern seat of Bean as soon as Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann announced she would not contest the next election, leaving Ms Gallagher unopposed.

He defeated the Left’s Louise Crossman and Independent Taimus Werner-Gibbings.

Senator Smith told the RiotACT it was an honour to be supported by the rank and file in Bean.

“The real job remains at hand – to fight for a fairer community, for properly funded and accessible health and education and to fight for integrity in Government,” he said.

In Bean there were 261 votes cast, while 573 party members voted in Canberra.

The Member for Fenner, Dr Andrew Leigh, was unopposed in his northern seat.

In Canberra, Labor will face a concerted effort from the Greens who believe the seat’s demographics favour them.

The Greens said the preselection of Ms Payne for the seat of Canberra set the stage for a real contest of ideas at the coming election.

Greens candidate for Canberra, Tim Hollo, congratulated Ms Payne on her preselection.

“I look forward to a real contest of ideas on refugee rights, Adani’s coal mine, lifting Newstart, political donations reform and more,” he said.

“We’re hearing loud and clear that most people in Canberra want change on these issues, and that change can only happen by electing Greens.”

With the Labor and the Greens teams finalised, eyes now turn to the Liberal Party to see who puts their hands up for the three ACT seats, with Senator Zed Seselja already preselected unopposed.

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7 Responses to ALP preselections: David Smith for Bean, boilover in Canberra
bj_ACT bj_ACT 7:52 pm 03 Sep 18

I heard Ms Payne’s interview on ABC radio this morning. What a grab bag of sound bites that showed a distinct disconnect from Canberra reality.

Why couldn’t Federal Labor members select Mr Falzon with his St Vinnies and real world experience. Ms Payne started bagging out Canberra Education and Health on Radio this morning, when Dan Bourchier rightly highlighted that these are somewhat issues concerning ACT Labor.

She then performed a triple somersault to praise local Labor and Mr Barr.

She needed to stand up for health and education in Canberra by admitting BOTH Liberal Federally and ACT Labor locally have been failing us all, through poor Policy design and implementation, Program mis-Management and Funding mis-allocation.

Surely it’s not too hard to come on radio and apply an honest appraisal of the situation, instead of a political party slogan session. She’s now going to win the seat, but I feel Mr Falzon would have been the type of representative Canberra needed.

bikhet bikhet 4:47 pm 03 Sep 18

Who will speak for the working class? Everyone, apart from the working class.

From the UK and both conservative and Conservative, but still relevant.

chewy14 chewy14 11:26 am 03 Sep 18

““I look forward to a real contest of ideas on refugee rights, Adani’s coal mine, lifting Newstart, political donations reform and more,” he said.”

Yes, these are clearly the most important things that Canberra voters are interested in. Oh dear…..

    g210 g210 12:38 pm 04 Sep 18

    That’s the sad part. The political class obviously figure that “demographic” has no people living there who actually work for a living.

franky22 franky22 9:45 am 03 Sep 18

So Alicia Payne wins – great another political adviser elected to Parliament. If the ALP really believes in social inclusion how about it starts pre selecting people that have done something useful in their lives & had a range of experiences – you know like worked in a trade, been a farmer or small business.

    Lucy Baker Lucy Baker 8:20 pm 03 Sep 18

    I found myself whether this Alicia was Alisha, a Labor Apparatchik currently appearing in The Bachelor! Different person … phew!

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