Albanese slams diabolical donations crisis

Original article by Brad Norington
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 2-Sep-19

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has criticised the culture of Labor’s New South Wales branch in the wake of the scandal over a $100,000 cash donation from a Chinese property developer. He says there are clearly accountability issues within NSW Labor and has called for a review into how the scandal occurred. However, Albanese has rejected a proposal to relocate NSW Labor’s head office, which is currently close to Sydney’s Chinatown precinct. Meanwhile, there is speculation that suspended NSW Labor secretary Kaila Murnain could potentially face criminal charges over her role in the scandal.

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We’re in a terrible state: NSW Labor leader

Original article by Brad Norington
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 30-Aug-19

New South Wales Labor leader Jodi McKay says Kaila Murnain will not return to her role as the party’s general secretary following her suspension on 28 August. McKay adds that she cannot understand how the scandal over a $100,000 cash donation to NSW Labor was allowed to ‘fester’ for so long. She also says Labor is unlikely to win office in the state until it regains the trust of voters. Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese has declined to comment on the donations scandal in NSW.

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NSW Labor suspends party’s HQ boss

Original article by Brad Norington
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 29-Aug-19

Labor’s New South Wales branch has suspended its general secretary, Kaila Murnain, as the scandal over political donations from a Chinese property developer deepens. Murnain appeared before the Independent Commission Against Corruption on 28 August, where she admitted that she had been aware of the illegal donation in September 2016 but had remained silent about it on the advice of Labor’s lawyer Ian Robertson. Labor’s NSW parliamentary leader Jodi McKay says she immediately took action to have Murnain suspended.

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Shorten at Chinese fundraiser behind ICAC’s raid

Original article by Brad Norington
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 19-Dec-18

The Independent Commission Against Corruption raided the Sydney headquarter of Labor’s New South Wales branch on 18 December. The raid is believed to relate to a Chinese Friends of Labor fundraising dinner that was held prior to the 2015 state election. Several federal Labor MPs were at the function, including Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Chinese property developer Huang Xiangmo was also present at the dinner. He later attracted scrutiny over his links to former Labor senator Sam Dastyari. Property developers were banned from making donations to NSW political parties at the time of the dinner.

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Premier shrugs off Victorian poll impact

Original article by Jacob Saulwick
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: 4 : 26-Nov-18

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian expects the next few months will be "incredibly tough" in the lead-up to the state election in March. Her comments follow the big swings against conservative parties in recent by-elections and the Victorian election on 24 November, while Berejiklian says she does not want to see her government impacted by "outside influences". One NSW Liberal insider says the campaign it will run at the upcoming state election will be nothing like the one that the Victorian Liberals ran.

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Labor crisis over sex scandal

Original article by Andrew Clennell
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 9-Nov-18

Luke Foley has quit as leader of the New South Wales Labor opposition over allegations he "drunkenly" placed his hands inside a female ABC reporter’s underwear after a 2016 Christmas party. He has denied the claims against him, made by Ashleigh Raper, and says he has sought legal advice in regard to launching possible defamation proceedings in the Federal Court. NSW police say they have spoken to ABC management about the claims, while Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Foley’s alleged behaviour as "very, very shocking and concerning"

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Forster withdraws from Wentworth race

Original article by Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 4-Sep-18

The Liberal Party will conduct a pre-selection ballot for the seat of Wentworth on 11 September. The seat has become vacant following Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to resign from federal parliament. Christine Forster, who is the sister of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and a City of Sydney councillor, has announced she will not contest the ballot, citing concerns it could cause division within the Liberal Party. House of Representatives speaker Tony Smith is yet to announce a date for the Wentworth by-election.

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Union bid for three strikes penalties

Original article by Ewin Hannan
The Australian – Page: 7 : 28-Jun-18

The New South Wales state conference of the Australian Labor Party will be presented with a motion to hold lead contractors on public projects liable for breaches of workplace laws across their supply chain. The motion will be put forward by the Transport Workers’ Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union. They will propose that head contractors have their contracts terminated if three separate breaches of workplace laws are identified. The unions also intend to put the motion to Labor’s national conference.

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Labor faces motion to bring back compulsory unionism

Original article by Troy Bramston
The Australian – Page: 6 : 31-May-18

Members of the New South Wales branch of the Australian Labor Party will vote on a number of motions to be put forward by unions at its upcoming state conference. Amongst other things, Labor-affiliated unions will push for the reinstatement of compulsory union membership for all party members, a policy that was abandoned in 2015. Meanwhile, some Labor branches will propose that people be offered free membership of the party when they join an affiliated union.

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Disgruntled Libs line up to hear Bernardi

Original article by Brad Norington
The Australian – Page: 2 : 7-Jul-17

Peter Wells, the former secretary of the Liberal Party’s Roseville branch, is keen for Liberal defector Cory Bernardi to speak to its members on the issue of "Is the Party Over?". Wells, who says he is disenchanted with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and does not to intend to renew his membership of the party, contends that Turnbull’s government has undermined many traditional conservative values. The policies to which Wells objects include the bank tax and the schools funding package.

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