LNP senator threatens to withhold vote from government unless border closures are taken to high court
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Labor national secretary, Paul Erickson, has responded to the Victorian supreme court rejecting two challenges to the federal intervention into the Victorian branch.
Erickson told Guardian Australia:
This decision is important confirmation of the power of the national executive to enforce our rules and stamp out bad behaviour. Anthony Albanese has been clear he expects the national executive to continue [this work] including acting on any [Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission] recommendations and findings.”
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Challenges to federal ALP intervention in Victorian branch fail
The Victorian supreme court has given judgment in two cases seeking to challenge the federal Labor party’s intervention in the Victorian branch over branch-stacking allegations.
Both cases have failed, meaning the national executive’s decisions to appoint administrators and take control of preselections have been upheld.
The cases were brought by Victorian MP and former Andrews government minister, Marlene Kairouz and by the Health Services Union’s Diana Asmar, after a 60 Minutes episode exposed allegations of branch stacking leading to Anthony Albanese and the national executive intervening in the branch.
In a summary of his judgment, Justice Tim Ginnane said he had decided that the claims the intervention was an unlawful interference with the Victorian branch’s trust property is the sort of dispute the court can hear.
But Ginnane said that Kairouz had not “proved or established” her claim the national executive had inappropriately interfered in the management of branch trusts. He disagreed with her claim the federal party is a separate entity that cannot interfere in the branch. Likewise, he found the plaintiffs in the Asmar case had failed on the same grounds.
Ginnane said the other grounds of challenge were “not justiciable”, meaning they “are not claims of the kind the court will become involved or will decide”.
It is not the role of this court to decide if disciplinary charges [against Kairouz] have substance, I note that she denies them.”
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