Labor Reforms Face Caucus Vote

Kevin Rudd Labor Reforms

In a surprising but well-received announcement in the early days of Kevin Rudd’s return to the Prime Ministership, Labor reforms will today be voted on by MP’s in a caucus meeting at Balmain Town Hall in Sydney. Although the ALP national executive will have the final say when they convene in 2014.

The reforms, announced earlier this month, would result in the direct election of the ALP leader by a combination of rank and file ballot and caucus, eradicating the possibilities of hostile leadership changes in the future and giving Labor leaders the opportunity to remain in power throughout their entire term.

Labor Reforms

This decision, one that many rank and file members of the Labor Party have been backing for several years, is hoped to ease the tension of factional infighting and union influence that is believed to have had a heavy influence on the party’s recent issues.

Despite the final say on these reforms being held by the heavily union influenced Labor National Conference, it is believed by many that if they were to overturn the reforms they would do so at their own peril.

Returning the power to the people, in line with the positive and grass roots campaign that Mr Rudd has highlighted as his method in the lead up to the election has restored a long overdue energy and vitality to Australian politics.

Where once voters were disheartened at how far removed Canberra seemed from the everyday Australian, they now feel that their vote does count and it’s showing in the polls just how positive an effect on Labor the new, engaged Australia is.

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