Posts Tagged ‘Frank Sartor’

I just got off a plane, waiting for my connecting flight, and decided to check the news.

What do you know, apparently a special caucus meeting has been called where it’s expected Nathan Rees will be challenged for the leadership by either Frank Sartor or Kristina Keneally.

It’s hard for me to keep updated on the situation from the airport, and when the meeting is on I’ll be on a plane, so consider this an open thread for information and discussion on the challenge.

A quick comment on the issue – If Labor knifes Rees, it’s probably the stupidest thing they could do and will consign them to defeat at the next election.

The Right need to get their act together if they want to knock off Rees. At the moment, there’s still no consensus candidate with Keneally saying she won’t challenge Rees but if there’s a spill she will contest, and Sartor expected to challenge.

If they remain divided it’s possible that Rees can hold on, given he has pretty much all the Left votes and a handful of those on the Right.

Some Left MP’s have apparently stated that if Keneally becomes Premier they will defect from the party and sit on the crossbenches.

Update: Unconfirmed suggestions that Deputy Premier Carmel Tebbutt is being sounded out by MP’s and the party office.

Update: NSW Liberal leader Barry O’Farrell has called for a no confidence vote in the State Government. Silly move in my opinion. He should just shut up, sit down and watch the fireworks.


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Is not a Labor MP but a political reporter for The Australian.

I apologise for all the posts on Labor’s leadership woes but everytime I try bring the mainstream media back to reality they go and outdo themselves.

Both the Fairfax and News Ltd. papers have been egging on a leadership contest since last year, almost immediately after Rees was elected leader. Now things have subtly changed.


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You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy

Obi-Wan Kenobi on the NSW Labor Party.

Ok, he was talking about Mos Eisley spaceport but the point still stands.

It seems you can’t open a newspaper these days without reading about yet another plot afoot to unseat Nathan Rees and replace him with some kind of amorphous member of the Labor Right faction . These days the name floated around by the mainstream media (who are informed by no less than ‘senior government sources’!) is one Frank Sartor, the former Minister for Planning and current Member for Rockdale. Sartor was turfed out of the ministry by Rees last year as part of the turmoil following Labor’s self decapitation over electricity privatisation.


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