ALP not ready for a wog leader, select union heavy instead

The ALP have selected Bill Shorten to replace Kevin Rudd as leader after the bloodbath of the federal elections. He beat out Anthony Albanese, who was linked Obeid and MacDonald corruption scandals that brought down Labor in New South Wales.

Shorten is considered to be from the right of the party even though he was a union heavy, and was instrumental in knifing Kevin Rudd to push Julia Gillard into the leadership. There was talk in 2010 that he would knife Julia Gillard and take over even getting endorsement from Bob Hawke and Kim Beazley. He did eventually assist in the knifing of Gillard ironically in favour of the person he knifed earlier.

Clearly the ALP like distrustful ratbags as their leader…either that or a union heavy is preferable to a South Sydney wog.

Bill Shorten has been elected Labor leader, despite a clear majority of party members preferring his opponent, Anthony Albanese.?

Mr Shorten, 46, of the Right faction, is the first Labor leader to be elected under rules introduced by former prime minister Kevin Rudd, in which the result of a ballot of the Labor rank and file is weighted equally against a ballot of Labor MPs.

Mr Shorten’s support among his fellow MPs enabled him to overcome weaker support among the party membership.

He won 55 of the 86 votes in caucus ? amounting to the support of 63.95 per cent of his colleagues. Combined with the support of 40.08 per cent of the party membership, Mr Shorten prevailed with an overall vote of 52.02 per cent.

A total of 30,426 party members voted in the election, representing about 74 per cent of the rank and file. Mr Albanese attracted 18,230 rank-and-file votes to Mr Shorten’s 12,196.

Chris Bowen, who has served as interim leader during the month-long leadership contest, described Mr Shorten as “a man who has dedicated his working life to representing vulnerable people … whether they be workers (or) people with a disability”.

“People right across the country have a friend and supporter in Bill Shorten,” Mr Bowen told reporters in Canberra.

Mr Bowen also praised Mr Albanese, 50, of the Left faction, as “a great warrior for our cause” who continued to have a “very significant” contribution to make in Parliament.