Lambie piles pressure on Setka to quit CFMEU

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 25-Jul-19

The federal government’s Ensuring Integrity Bill is slated to be put before the Senate later in 2019. Independent senator Jacqui Lambie has indicated that she may be prepared to vote for the bill if John Setka does not step down as the Victorian secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union. Lambie has raised her concerns about Setka with ACTU president Michele O’Neil. The government has amended the bill in response to concerns raised by Labor, but Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick believes that further changes are needed.

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Setka in court bid to block ALP’s axe

Original article by Tessa Akerman
The Australian – Page: 5 : 5-Jul-19

Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union official John Setka is seeking an injunction against Labor’s national executive, which wants to expel him from the party. Labor leader Anthony Albanese claims that Setka’s conduct in recent years has been unacceptable, and he must be expelled to prevent further damage to the party’s reputation. Setka in turn alleges that being expelled from Labor would damage his own reputation and could result in the loss of his position as Victorian secretary of the CFMMEU.

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Albanese’s letter details the Setka sins hurting Labor

Original article by Ewin Hannan
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 24-Jun-19

Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese wants its national executive to expel CFMMEU Victorian secretary John Setka from the party when it meets on 5 July. Albanese has written to Labor’s national secretary Noah Carroll outlining the reasons why he thinks Setka should be expelled. Albanese says that Setka’s conduct in recent years has caused harm to Labor, as has the negative media coverage of his actions. Albanese says that Labor has "critical work" to do on behalf of Australians, and that it cannot be distracted from its goals.

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Defector Bernardi may turn Lib again

Original article by Richard Ferguson
The Australian – Page: 2 : 19-Jun-19

Senate crossbencher Cory Bernardi has signalled that he may consider rejoining the Liberal Party. Bernardi says he has not held any such talks with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, but he would be open to doing so. He adds that his main priority in the new parliament will be to support the Coalition’s legislative agenda. Eric Abetz and Dean Smith are among the Liberal senators who say Bernardi would be welcomed back into the Liberal fold. He resigned to form the Australian Conservatives party during the tenure of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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Albo to set off on straight-talking tour

Original article by Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 6 : 31-May-19

Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese intends to travel around Australia over the next few weeks to find out how Labor can do better, saying that he is a good listener. Labor’s new frontbench will have its first meeting in Brisbane in early June, with the party having only secured 27 per cent of the primary vote in Queensland at the 18 May election. Former Labor leader Bill Shorten will be on the frontbench, but Albanese has declined to say what portfolio he will be allocated.

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Shorten wants health role, but some in Labor say that’s a sick joke

Original article by Richard Ferguson, Alice Workman
The Australian – Page: 4 : 29-May-19

Labor will hold its first caucus meeting in the wake of its election defeat on 30 May, but new leader Anthony Albanese has indicated that the new shadow ministry will not be announced for several days. Former leader Bill Shorten is said to have expressed interest in the health portfolio, although Catherine King is believed to be keen to retain the portfolio. Some Labor MPs do not think Shorten deserves a frontbench portfolio, while former Labor minister Stephen Conroy says he still has much to contribute.

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Band of Nats’ women MPs defies blokey image

Original article by Rosie Lewis
The Australian – Page: 5 : 24-May-19

The National Party is on track to have up to six female representatives in the new parliament, compared with two previously. Senator Bridget McKenzie says the Nationals have exploded the myth that only women from the left of politics want to be in parliament. Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Michael McCormack says its female MPs have gotten into parliament on their merits and without the need for quotas.

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Anthony Albanese to be Labor leader, as Chalmers quits race

Original article by Samantha Maiden
The New Daily – Page: Online : 24-May-19

Labor’s finance spokesman Jim Chalmers has withdrawn from the party’s leadership ballot, paving the way for Anthony Albanese to succeed Bill Shorten unopposed. Chalmers has cited factors such as his young family as reasons for his decision not to seek the leadership, although he is seen as a frontrunner to become deputy leader. Clare O’Neil and Richard Marles are also believed to considering a tilt at the deputy leadership.

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It’s Albo v ScoMo as Bowen exits race

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 23-May-19

Jim Chalmers has emerged as Anthony Albanese’s most likely rival for the Labor leadership, after shadow treasurer Chris Bowen announced that he will not be a contender. Bowen believes that he would have won the caucus ballot, but concedes that he lacked sufficient support to gain the rank-and-file vote. There is now strong support for Albanese within Bowen’s NSW Right faction, while most of the Left faction also supports Albanese. Chalmers is expected to decide whether to make a tilt for the leadership on 23 May.

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Bruised Bowen wades into ALP battle

Original article by Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 22-May-19

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen intends to contest the federal Labor leadership, even though many members of his NSW Right faction intend to support Left faction contender Anthony Albanese. Some members of the Right faction argue that Bowen should not contest the leadership as he is too closely linked to the party’s tax policies that were rejected by voters, including its proposal to scrap franking credit refunds. Bowen concedes that this policy was controversial, but he says other factors also cost Labor the election.

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