Why Labor must preselect more unionists


via Why Labor must preselect more unionists – Mumble Blog | The Australian.

NEW research reveals that contrary to popular belief, it is in the interests of the federal Labor Party to preselect more, not fewer, former union leaders as candidates.

Researchers at an elite unit at the University of the Australian Capital Territory have analysed statistical returns for federal elections over the last three decades and found that a former ACTU leader is worth an astonishing 16 per cent more in the two-party-preferred vote.

They also suggest a scenario under which the ALP could have retained government at the 2013 federal election.

“The ACTU is not, strictly speaking, a union, but we used it as a proxy for high-profile union identities”, explained the research unit’s supervisor, Professor Roger Daintree.

“We analysed the performance of former ACTU leaders Greg Combet, Martin Ferguson, Simon Crean, Jennie George and [Bob] Hawke in their respective electorates over the last 34 years and found that on average they outperformed the average Labor vote, across all electorates at all elections since 1980, by 13.67 per cent in primary terms and 15.94 after preferences.”

This means that had the Labor Party run former ACTU leaders in 28 more House of Representatives electorates in 2013 they would have remained in government.

Read more: Why Labor must preselect more unionists – Mumble Blog | The Australian.

About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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