Remind me again why progressive voters should vote for the ALP?
In the first Victorian ALP conference since the federal and state elections, progressive forces within the party put up an urgency motion calling on same-sex marriage to be a part of federal Labor’s national platform.
But debate on the motion – which placed the Victorian ALP and its parliamentary leader, Daniel Andrews, firmly at odds with the Prime Minister – was shut down and the conference was forced to end abruptly because there were not enough people in the room to form a quorum to vote on it…
Senior figures from Labor’s Left faction were outraged when the debate had to be abandoned, with some accusing members of the Right of deliberately leaving the room so that the quorum – which requires at least 152 delegates – could not be met. Only 147 were present for the count. Debate on other contentious issues, including asylum seekers and gay adoption, also had to be abandoned due to inattendance.
So. It’s a party where the Right won’t even allow debate on these issues. Some “broad tent” – they demand our votes, but have no intention of even considering our views, let alone representing them in Parliament.
Another reason I’ll be voting Green next time.