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Bronwyn Bishop Defeated In Liberal Party Mackellar Preselection; Jason Falinski Ends 29-Year Parliamentary Career

After 29 years in Parliament, Bronwyn Bishop has lost her preselection to Jason Falinski, following a Liberal Party ballot in her Mackellar electorate tonight.

FalinskiBishop faced three opponents, Jason Falinski, Walter Villatora and Bill Calcraft. Falinski was seen as the candidate of the moderate wing who control the NSW Division of the Liberal Party, whilst Villatora has connections to the right-wing and Tony Abbott.

There were three ballots. The first ballot results were: Bishop 37, Falinski 40, Villatora 12 and Calcraft 2. Falinski defeated Bishop 51-39. It appears that the hard right votes for Villatora ended up with Falinski, not Bishop. [Read more…]


Duncan McGauchie Wins Liberal Party Preselection For Murray

Duncan McGauchie has won Liberal Party preselection for the Victorian rural electorate of Murray.

McGauchieHe will be seeking to replace Sharman Stone, the retiring Liberal member who has held the seat since 1996.

McGauchie is a “policy and communications expert” who has worked as an adviser to former Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu.

He is currently employed by Newgate Australia, which describes itself as “working at the interface of business, politics, markets and media”, with a “proven methodology..based around objective research, which guides strategy and campaign development and implementation”.

His Newgate profile says his areas of expertise “include issues management, government relations, public policy and regulatory communications, stakeholder engagement and corporate communications”.

McGauchie is also a member of the advisory board of the Broadmeadows Schools Network.

Murray is a northern Victorian electorate, bordering the Murray River, that includes towns such as Boort, Shepparton, Cobram, Echua. Kyabram, Mooroopna, Murchison, Nathalia, Rushworth, Violet Town, Wedderburna dn Yarrawonga. It borders Mallee to the east, Wannon, Bendigo and McEwen to the south, and Indi to the east. [Read more…]


Julian Leeser Wins Liberal Preselection For Berowra; Succeeds Philip Ruddock

Julian Leeser has won Liberal Party preselection for Berowra and will succeed the long-serving Philip Ruddock at this year’s election.

LeeserLeeser easily won the contest against three other candidates, winning the votes of 97 of the 114 preselectors. Robert Armitage won 10 votes, John Bathgate 4 and Nick McGowan 3.

Leeser is currently Director of Government Policy and Strategy at the Australian Catholic University, a position he took up in 2012. Prior to that, he was Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre (2006-12). He worked as an advisor to Philip Ruddock when he was Attorney-General in the Howard government (2004-06). He also worked as an advisor to Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbott in 2001, before spending two years as a solicitor with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (2002-04). He was an Associate to High Court Justice Ian Callinan in 2000.

Leeser was a Councillor with the Woollahra Municipal Council (1995-99). He came to public notice during the 1999 Republic referendum when he was a member of the Prime Minister’s “No Case” committee. [Read more…]


Anthony Albanese To Run Again In Grayndler

Anthony Albanese has announced that he will run again in his Sydney electorate of Grayndler

The proposed redistribution of NSW electoral boundaries led to speculation that Albanese might contest Barton but final changes have improved the ALP’s margin in Grayndler. The ABC’s Antony Green has calculated the new margin as 18.1% in the ALP’s favour.

Albanese has held Grayndler since 1996. A safe Labor seat, it was created in 1949 and has been represented by Fred Daly (1949-75), Tony Whitlam (1975-77), Frank Stewart (1977-79), Leo McLeay (1979-93) and Jeannette McHugh (1993-96).

  • Watch Albanese interviewed on the ABC (11m)

Statement by Anthony Albanese.

Albanese to nominate for Grayndler

I will be nominating for preselection to contest the next federal election as the Labor Candidate for Grayndler. [Read more…]


Tony Abbott To Stand Again In Warringah

The former prime minister, Tony Abbott, has announced that he will renominate for preselection in his safe NSW seat of Warringah.

After four months of speculation about whether he will stay in parliament, Abbott has made it clear that he still holds hope of a recall to the Liberal Party leadership.

In a statement released tonight, Abbott said he had been “heartened by the support and encouragement I’ve received to continue to serve the country as a member of parliament”. [Read more…]


Classic Interview: Lisa Clutterham, Lalor ALP Preselection Candidate

The ALP preselection for Lalor, brought about by the retirement of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, took a comical turn today with a radio appearance by candidate Lisa Clutterham.

Clutterham, a 29-year-old junior diplomat who has never lived in Melbourne and only joined the ALP last month, was interviewed by Jon Faine on ABC774.

Clutterham conceded she had no connections with Melbourne. She said her partner had visited relatives in Werribee. [Read more…]


Zed Seselja Topples Gary Humphries For ACT Liberal Senate Preselection

Senator Gary Humphries has lost preselection for the Liberal Party’s ACT Senate ticket to Zed Seselja.

SeseljaIn a preselection ballot today, Seselja defeated Humphries by 114 votes to 84.

Seselja’s win is a victory for the conservative wing of the Liberal Party. Humphries has always been regarded as a small-l Liberal.

Humphries, 54, has been an Australian Capital Territory Senator since 2003. Previously, he was Chief Minister of the ACT (2000-01). Elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 1989, he held various portfolios in Liberal governments, including Attorney-General (1995-2000) and Treasurer (1999-2001).

Seselja, 35, was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2004. He served as Leader of the Opposition from 2007 until earlier this month.

Territory senators serve concurrent terms with the House of Representatives. Assuming the September 14 election proceeds as announced, Seselja will enter the Senate at that time. New Senators elected from the states will not take their seats until July 1, 2014.



Rodney Cavalier Speech: Could Chifley Win Labor Preselection Today?

In a timely speech, the former NSW Labor minister Rodney Cavalier has asked whether Ben Chifley could win Labor preselection today.

Rodney Cavalier

Speaking to the Fabian Society, Cavalier said a new political class now dominated preselections in the Labor Party. He said: “In the absence of intervention at the level of the parliamentary leadership, preselection in seats which matter falls exclusively to the inhabitants of the political class. The political class embraces union officials, ministerial and parliamentary staffs and party employees.”

Cavalier’s speech examines the nature of the modern Labor and the self-perpetuating oligarchies that control it.

Cavalier was a member of the NSW parliament from 1978-88. He was Education Minister in the Wran and Unsworth governments between 1984-88.

Speech by Rodney Cavalier to a NSW Fabian Society seminar at Gleebooks.

Could Chifley win Labor preselection today?

Could Ben Chifley win a Labor preselection today? No.

Could a railwayman from Bathurst win preselection today? No.

Could a man or woman who works during the day or night in a job that involves getting dirty and perspiring and without access to a telephone during working hours win a preselection today? No.

Could a professional devoted to his practice and his clients – that is, willing to work long hours, including night and weekends in preparation and research – could such a person win a preselection today? No.

Who can win a preselection today? [Read more…]


Kennett For Canberra Stories Just A Media Beat-Up

The lack of quality Sunday newspapers in Australia oftens means that the public is subjected to quite loopy “reporting” on the day of Rest. So it is today with reports of a possible move by Jeff Kennett to contest pre-selection for the federal electorate of Menzies.

Herald-SunMenzies is held by the conservative Liberal Kevin Andrews, the man responsible for the private members bill that overturned the Northern Territory’s voluntary euthanasia legislation in 1997. Andrews is supported by John Howard.

It is reported that there are two other Liberals possibly in the running for Menzies. One is Louise Staley, a Kennett supporter, whilst the other is Greg Hunt, son of longtime Liberal leader of the Victorian upper house and Kennett critic, Alan Hunt. Were Jeff Kennett to enter this contest, a Herald-Sun source is quoted as saying it would unleash a “shitfight” in the party. [Read more…]


Pre-Selection Contests Occupying Attention Of Major Parties

With the next Federal election due in 18 months time, the major parties are engaged in the process of pre-selecting candidates.

Recent developments include:

Throsby

Former ACTU President, Jennie George, has finally been guaranteed a seat in Parliament with the decision by the NSW ALP State Conference over the weekend to give her endorsement for Throsby. [Read more…]