TE-BO: The ALP Leadership – Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek … nothing has changed!!!
|The ALP Leadership – Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek … nothing has changed!!!
| Author: TE-BO – The Eye-Ball Opinion| Date: Oct 15th, 2013 |
The reality of Sunday’s ALP Leadership results paints a picture confirming the ALP still have a long way to go in regaining the public’s trust. The result predicts further tragic overtones, and points to former ALP supporters remain unconvinced the ALP Leadership, and the caucus members really understand why life-time ALP supporters have walked away.
Bill Shorten won a tight contest when he polled 63% of the caucus vote, and only 40% of the rank and file members. The combined result gave Shorten a little over 52% and the ALP Leadership … and then caucus appointed Plibersek as his deputy. In announcing his Shadow Ministry on Monday, Mr Shorten said:
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‘Zero Tolerance for disunity’ – from the man who was behind the toppling of 2 former ALP Prime Ministers over the last six years – and responsible for Gillard being replaced by the former ousted PM. Shortens flip-flop over who he supported leave the with no options as the new Opposition ALP leader other than to remain skeptical. The public have every right to jest at Mr Shorten’s creditability and long-term viability as ALP Leader.
Shorten claims the higher ground on sexual equality by appointing six new women to the Shadow Ministry – more from the same story linked above …
One wonders whether these 11 women are Shortens ‘harem’ and women he owes favours to …
Shorten has blood on his hands over the Rudd and Gillard dismissals – how can anyone think he is a changed man and the person best suited to heal the massive divisions within the Party?
His long-term alliance with the AWU, his AWU successor in Paul Howes, and AWU and ALP stalwart Bill Ludwig can only suggest he is still the puppet and not the puppeteer … much the same as was Gillard. This ALP meltdown is not done with yet.
The ‘rank and file’ vote weeded him out and gave the Party their honest appraisal as to who they wanted to lead the Party. Yet – the Caucus with their factional support for Shorten and the bruised egos of many MP’s after their thumping election defeat, decided to allow Shorten free rein in his Shadow Ministry choices.
How can unity be expected after this Shorten double cross against the ALP ‘Left’ in his decisions to first support Gillard to oust Rudd, and then to support Rudd to oust Gillard?
This ALP corruption stench will remain with the Party for years to come – the Unions are easy targets to appoint blame and have been the cause of the problems for years. Their corruption is endemic and the double dealings to get the numbers stacked in caucus is a highlight that points to the these Union delegates bring to the Leadership table. Until the ALP broadens its Leadership base away from Union delegates doing deals to get themselves pre-selected and on the Senate ballot, the people will no longer be fooled.
The current ALP MP’s and Senators who survived the election hardly boast an honest worker among their numbers … their backgrounds are mostly from Unions and/or political activism backgrounds … it’s all contributing to the void of vision that is killing the party …
Shorten has proved many times over he is someone that can’t be trusted. His power the Party and a direct reason why ALP supporters have deserted.
His personal profile and perchance for sexual dalliances is well-known, his maneuvering throughout the whole six years of the Labor Government was not about good Governance but about his own personal ambitions, and all guided under the guile of Ludwig and the Unions. It all became too much for Greg Combet who was on the same path … he squibbed out because he like Mark Arbib, realised that the path the ALP are pursuing can only lead to self-destruction.
Shorten will never be Prime Minister … and I’m amazed the Caucus did not have the nous to realise this in supporting him in the post-election ballot. Perhaps Shorten’s role is a stop-gap option until the Party can settle all old scores and start afresh – hardly.
Shorten’s elevation can only mean the media focus will again be on ALP Leadership issues for coming months, perhaps even years to come. This will add to the distractions much the same as the Coalition Leadership after Howard lost the 2007 election.
Speculation abounds over the deals down between the ‘right’ and ‘left’ factions on Shadow front bench positions – suffice to say the NSW Albanese’s ‘left’ factions feel they have been dudded yet again by the Victorian ‘right’.
This will ensure the infighting will not stop … they remain just a rabble and still to learn the bigger lesson – Political Leadership should never be about personal ego’s, it’s supposed to be about good Governance and providing an effective Opposition …