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51605Re: Australia: Power workers oppose NSW Labor government's privatisation bid

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  • Ed Lewis
    Feb 28, 2008
      Norm 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

      Andrew West
      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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