Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced a proposal to give ALP members a 50% say in the election of the federal parliamentary leader.
The Caucus will have the remaining 50% say. A leadership election can be triggered by the leader’s resignation, a federal election loss or a 75% vote of no confidence by the Caucus.
Rudd said: “The proposal guarantees to the electorate that the prime minister they elect is the prime minister they get.”
At a press conference this evening, Rudd said the full ministry had decided on the proposal today. It will be submitted to the Caucus on July 22 for approval. A special meeting of the ALP National Conference is possible if the proposal is rejected.
- Listen to Rudd’s press conference – transcript below (21m)
Rudd proposes that the Caucus have a 50% share of the vote and party members have the other 50%. A leader who takes the party into government will serve out the full term.
Other elections of the party leader will take place after an election defeat, on the resignation or permanent physical incapacity of the leader, or when 75% of caucus members sign a petition calling for a leadership vote.
Other leadership positions will be decided by the Caucus. Members of the Ministry or Shadow Ministry will also be decided by the Caucus, not the leader. [Read more...]