Up front about funding Labor

Sydney Morning Herald

At least the Aussie unions publicize the intent to donate to the Labor party, talk about it openly, and they also realize when it’s almost over for the party leader.

The central issue at the meeting was getting together a union battle plan -— the plan is for a $2 a head levy on union members.

The unions leaders were not primarily concentrated on the leadership, but rather recognising reality. They can read the polls as well as anyone else. It is not so much a matter of actively backing a change  — some would be very much against — as knowing that it might well happen. They realise that in the present volatile climate, if things don’t turn up (and few think they will), momentum will gather for the switch.

Two questions for unions in New Zealand:
1)   Why are they as not as transparent here, instead of siphoning off members funds for back door donations.
2)   When will they realize, the Labour leader is a goner.

At least with their gerrymander of Labour’s new constitution they have a 20% head start on anyone else in a leadership battle.


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