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Old 2nd Jul 2015, 23:07
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RJM
 
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It looks as though the coming ALP conference is not going to be about policy, but about the maintainance of union power within the ALP.

With union membership at around 17% of the workforce, the ALP Left is demanding that 50% of delegates at the ALP national conference and in state ALP bodies be union appointees, with the conference to take place yearly instead of triennially. Unions would also have a 50% vote for Senate candidates, equal to the combined vote of MPs and the rank and file.

In other words, unless opposition to a union proposition was unanimous in the ALP's national and state forms, the union would prevail.

In a nice Orwellian touch, the AMWU which is sponsoring the move says that its intention is to 'democratise the ALP and to ensure that the critical voice of unions is heard.'
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