Sussex Street

The Brutality of Sussex Street

If Goff won’t go quietly some of these guys will take care of him no worries. They rolled leaders with a degree of low bastardry that was as beautiful as it is brutal.

Rees’s only qualification for the job, according to one of many detractors in his party, is that he was a “westie” and not a “wog”, apparently an asset when appealing to voter parochialism. The way he was plucked from obscurity to take the state’s top job is a glimpse into the empty heart of NSW Labor today.

The then ALP general secretary, Karl Bitar, and his predecessor, Mark Arbib, now a senator and parliamentary secretary, wanted to replace Iemma because of his electricity privatisation policy.

Ironically, their focus groups at the time were negative about the “wogs” in cabinet – Iemma, Michael Costa, Frank Sartor and Joe Tripodi, and a cynical idea emerged that a “skippy”and “westie” like Rees, who had done nothing objectionable in his limited time in the portfolios of utilities and emergency services, would win the electorate’s heart.

These blokes make Fat Tony look like Tweety Bird, and H2 look like Tinkerbell.

Where Labour could get Coup professionals from?

The simple answer is the faceless men from Sussex St are the place to start. Sussex St is the NSW ALP headquarters, and they managed to hold power for 16 years by being ruthless. Bob Carr got a bit long in the tooth so they replaced him with Morris Iemma. Morris fell out of favour with the faceless men so they gave the job to Nathan Rees. He was from the left faction and pissed off the right faction so they gave him the arse and put in Kristina Keneally.

It didn?t matter much, Keneally got clobbered and the faceless men got the blame. Before she was clobbered they managed to take over the ALP and use their standard tactics, with the support of some others practiced in the arts of low bastardry to get rid of Kevin Rudd to replace him with Julia Gillard.

Maybe someone in Labour should be talking Richo, Arbib,Farrell, Shorten, Howes or Feeney.