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Factional analysis of ACT Labor

By johnboy 13 November 2008 47

In this week’s CityNews the former MLA Michael Moore is crunching the numbers and explaining why local Labor acts the way it does.

    “The other big loser in the post-election negotiations was the right-wing faction of the Labor Party. Andrew Barr and John Hargreaves have not done well in the Cabinet portfolio reshuffle even though they are the most prominent of the four members of that faction in the Assembly, which includes Mary Porter and Joy Burch. Barr picks up the Children and Young People portfolio while Deputy Chief Minister Katy Gallagher gets Treasury. John Hargreaves gains Disabilities and loses Territory and Municipal Services to the Chief Minister. Backbencher Mary Porter’s nomination for Speaker did not even proceed to the floor of the Assembly. “

Well worth a read.

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caf 4:42 pm 14 Nov 08

Your kids’ teenage rebellions will be to demand a ban on smoking at home.

jakez 4:34 pm 14 Nov 08

caf said :

The hidden assumption in your theory is that political opinion is genetically transmitted.

I think you can say there is a pretty decent political trend within families.

…at least I hope there is. If my kids turn out to be fascists I’m going to be really pissed off.

caf 4:22 pm 14 Nov 08

The hidden assumption in your theory is that political opinion is genetically transmitted.

poptop 4:21 pm 14 Nov 08

TeeHee – nice one housebound! I don’t think it quite works that way.

housebound 4:16 pm 14 Nov 08

BeyondThought said :

Yes, there are more important issues than abortion, but it does underscore that the Libs now are mostly right-wingers which is all good an well, but it just happens to be a liability in the ACT even if they have stopped their squabbles.

That’s a short-term view. In theory, the pro-life lobby has more surviving offspring and therefore will increase. The pro-death lobbies (for want of a better term) must eventually decline, especially if population grwth isn’t even enough to maintain the current numbers (replacement).

Just a thought.

jakez 4:15 pm 14 Nov 08

I don’t think abortion is an issue that is necessarily rightwing.

Then again I’m a politics nerd who refuses to acknowledge any legitimacy in a one dimensional spectrum so maybe I should just shut up.

amarooresident 3:21 pm 14 Nov 08

Vicki Dunne has been known to use to much rouge. And lipstick.

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