51605Re: Australia: Power workers oppose NSW Labor government's privatisation bid
- Feb 28, 2008Norm Dixon, the Green Left cut-and-paster, seems to be a bit slow off
the mark this morning.
I would have thought this article in the Sydney Morning Herald would
be of considerable interest. http://tinyurl.com/39deww
ALP Left ready to fight Costa
February 29, 2008
IEMMA Government MPs are on the brink of rebellion after one of the
Labor Party's most senior figures endorsed the right of ALP
politicians to vote in Parliament against the planned privatisation of
the state's electricity industry.
Luke Foley, the party's assistant general secretary who leads the Left
faction, has told his MPs that if the Treasurer, Michael Costa,
introduced privatisation bills before the issue is debated at the ALP
conference in May, the Government would be breaching an agreement with
Mr Foley declined to comment to the Herald, but three MPs, two union
leaders and several delegates present at the Left's annual general
meeting on Monday night have confirmed he made the statement.
Mr Foley reportedly told the meeting: "A commitment was given that no
legislation would be introduced prior to the party conference. If
privatisation legislation is introduced prior to the conference, then
MPs would be within the their rights to tell caucus that they would
not vote for it when it came before Parliament."
Mr Foley was responding to a question from the Sydney bookseller Bob
Gould, one of 250 members at the gathering in the Haymarket auditorium
of the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union. Another
Left member, the Sydney solicitor James Shaw, said Mr Foley was even
more explicit, arguing that loyalty to party policy, which opposes
power privatisation, was more important than the rule demanding caucus
members vote together in Parliament.
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