If Key said this National Party Conferences wouldn't be so bloody boring

Party conferences have become set pieces and boring. Julia Gillard for all her faults actually wants to change all that.

‘‘I believe we must also embrace choice and control within our political party – not just collective action,’’ she said, adding the ALP national conference was an important opportunity.

‘‘I am determined that we have a fair dinkum Labor Party conference, not an American-style convention.

‘‘I don’t want to get my own way on every precise detail,’’ Ms Gillard said.

‘‘I don’t want everything sewn up by some meeting at midnight the night before.’’

Now if we could just get John Key and Peter Goodfellow to follow that advice and sort out National’s conferences. A board that exercised their power might be useful too instead of ceding it to the political wing.


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