above: the contenders for the ALP Leadership - Albo and Shorten
Dear friends and comrades;
As the publisher of the ALP Socialist Left Forum blog, and moderator of the associated Facebook group, I believe that this election for the ALP Leadership should be largely about the policy direction the winner will provide for the party. And also it should involve further projected reform of the Party to make it more democratic.
The following questions address those issues of leadership on organisational and policy reform.
At our associated Facebook group we now have almost 600 members. So I’m hoping the ALP Leadership Candidates will see it as being in their interest to answer the following questions for us!
Already I have sent the following questions to the Albanese and Shorten campaigns and I am hoping to hear back from the candidates by the end of this week.
Over the coming week I will attempt to contact the candidates again.
There is the argument that the candidates might not want to pre-empt the Conference on Policy - but I believe everyone can appreciate that the party leader - whoever that might be - also provides policy leadership within the scope of the Platform. The opinions of the Leader will no doubt have weight at Conference as well. Hence it is important for us to know the policy leadership the candidates will provide, even though officially it is for Conference to determine the broad policy framework via the National Platform. And in my opinion the grassroots need to be empowered via a more democratic process in determining that Platform.
The candidates may have reasons for not wanting to answer all the questions; But I am still hoping we receive a response of some depth. And if the answers are not comprehensive, I'm hoping we'll be advised of the rationale behind that decision.
If this process is to have the greatest credibility and depth ALP members must know what and who they are voting for. These questions seek to serve that purpose.