|Power tears ALP apart (NSW)
||[May. 5th, 2008|08:13 am]
Power tears ALP apart (Australian newspaper) link....
Imre Salusinszky, NSW political reporter - May 05, 2008
THE fabric that has held the political and industrial wings of the Labor Party together for 117 years was tearing apart at the seams last night, with NSW Premier Morris Iemma vowing to proceed with privatisation of the state's electricity assets, despite a ferocious rebuff from his party's union-dominated state conference.
In his address to the conference yesterday, Kevin Rudd declined to repeat his earlier public backing for the power sell-off, but appeared to offer Mr Iemma support in general terms.
"I am reliably informed, there's been the odd disagreement or two over the last few days," the Prime Minister told delegates.
"The time has come to dust yourselves off. The time has come to move forward again. The time has come to get on with the business of building a modern Australian nation capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century."
Costa's obscene outburst at unions (SMH) link...
Andrew West and Andrew Clennell
May 5, 2008
MICHAEL COSTA stormed across the room - his face flushed, his hands clenched - towards John Robertson, the secretary of Unions NSW. "You blokes can get f---ed," he screamed. "You're going to look like dickheads on Monday morning."
The state Treasurer was enraged that his ministerial colleagues and union leaders were trying to compromise his dream of privatising the state's electricity industry.
One witness, a vice-president of the NSW branch, Sarah Kaine, later told Robertson she "thought Costa was going to thump you".
The was some discussion on ABC breakfast radio about the suitability of airing the word "dickhead" from a politician seemingly referred to by some as "Doctor Evil" at that time in the morning - although the ABC used the term 'd-head' rather than quoting the uncensored term used by the Sydney Morning Herald.
I believe it was concluded that "d-head" is fine but the words Michael and Costa didn't go down too well at that time in the morning.
Michael Costa has excelled himself as Minister for Police, Minister for Transport and now Treasurer in the New South Wales government.
Costa served as Police Minister from November 21, 2001, the day he entered the Legislative Council until April 2, 2003.
Costa was Roads Minister between January 21, and August 3, 2005.
Costa was appointed Treasurer on February 17, 2006.
I watched Morris Iemma (wearing a yellow tie) confront his colleagues (wearing yellow shirts of defiance) on the issue at hand on the Saturday evening news. I have taken note that the Wayne Swan's first Federal ALP budget will be revealed on May 13th. and is likely to contain some unpopular and some very unpopular decisions (Kevin Rudd on the news yesterday evening).