I refer to Townsville Bulletin Editorial


Letter to the Editor

I refer to Townsville Bulletin Editorial ‘Shorten has to bind up ALP wounds’ anyone who followed closely the procedure within the ALP in the 2006 election where the AWU candidate and her ‘dirty tricks’ were exposed which lead her to spend time behind bars would realize how Shorten won this ballot.

The initial AWU candidate was convicted of electoral fraud because she used factious names to register phantoms in order that she improved her own vote in the pre-selection process. As far as anyone knows this is a widely used practice of AWU candidates. Only this could explain why 60% of the members could only manage to elect 40% of the politicians there is obviously something wrong with the system?

Its time the ALP had an internal audit to discover how many ‘flesh and blood’ members it actually has, and to really give those ‘flesh and blood’ members a one vote, one value ability to elect their parliamentary leader.

I noticed in today’s paper under public notices that North Thuringowa Junior Rugby League Club is advising of a meeting to elect officials, will there be a weighting system in that vote? I doubt it, and neither should there be within political parties, it seems that there is more democracy in a junior Rugby League club than there is in one of Australia’s longest standing political parties, shame AWU shame!


Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au


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