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I am the President of Labor for Refugees Victoria and a Member of the National Co-ordinating Committee. I chaired the working group which developed our submission on Migrants and Refugees policy to the National Policy Forum. I am passionate about our commitment to offer protection to those who come seeking asylum.

I am a member of the ALP policy committee on Commonwealth Affairs & Federal Relations (CAFR) and a Bendigo FEA delegate to State Conference. Having been a member of the Woodend branch since 2013, I am currently President.

PaulineBrownAfter more than thirty years as a Careers Counsellor in the public sector, TAFE, secondary school and universities, I have been a volunteer in the VET Education Program at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) for the past six years. At times, I have filled the role of Education Manager on a locum basis. I am involved in the Woodend community as a member of the Macedon Ranges Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) and Woodend Red Cross.

In addition to Refugees, my policy priorities include Indigenous Recognition and Closing the Gap, Environment and Climate Change, Inequality and Education. Along with many others, I am committed to empowering rank and file party members to participate in all aspects of the party including candidate selection, policy formation and establishing/amending party rules.

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Linda Condon –
I am active in the Albert Park Branch and want a more open and transparent ALP. I am an independent/non-aligned ALP member and support Open Labor.

Party reform

If elected I intend to continue to pursue the following reforms; direct party member participation with at least 50% weighting in pre-selecting Senate candidates; increasing the weighting for local party members in Victorian pre-selections from 50% to 70% and curtailing central intervention in pre-selections. I will also propose that the directly elected National President and Vice Presidents be granted voting rights on the National Executive and that the rulings of the National Disputes Tribunal be binding on the Party.

Policy position

LindaCondonI want solutions for climate change to be implemented which includes 50% renewable by 2030 and a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030; better and fairer ways to welcome refugees to our country (aligned with Labor for Refugees policies); the signing of a Treaty with the Nations First People; implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart; implementation of policies for affordable housing and more investment in social housing; action on static wages by promoting union membership; greater investment in TAFE; investment in infrastructure for electric vehicles and an increased ratio of qualified nurses in aged care.

My background

I am a director of Proactive Sustainability, convener of the Fishermans Bend Network and active on environmental and social issues. I founded the teaching and research centre at Swinburne University – the National Centre for Sustainability, established the TAFE International Green Skills Network, am a member of Labor for Refugees, a member of LEAN, an FEA elected delegate to the last two Victorian State conferences and volunteer for the University of the 3rd Age.

lindacondon2@gmail.com

Phone 0410 569 364.

 

Jamie Gardiner

As a member of the Independents/Non-aligned Group I am particularly keen on promoting democracy within the party, such as this first-ever rank & file ballot for National Conference delegates, ending branch-stacking and other rorts and so making our party truly fit to govern.

A State Conference Delegate for the Melbourne FEA, for many years I’ve been on the Victorian ALP’s Justice & Democracy Policy Committee, contributing to policy formation and recommendations adopted in the State Platform on many occasions, most recently in specific human rights commitments of the 2014 Platform.

I am Secretary of the LGBTI Affairs Policy Committee, and have been since its inception in 2008. We developed policy initiatives expanding and embedding the ALP’s commitment to equality for LGBTI communities in both State and National Platforms—more still to do! As a 2011 National Conference Delegate I helped further develop numerous policy initiatives, based on the work I and the JamieGardiner
committee had done in the 2010 State Platform, and these—including marriage equality—were adopted.The work we did for the 2014 Victorian Platform, further developing the 2010 work, formed part of the Andrews Government’s successful election policy.

I am on the LGBTI Taskforce—a Ministerial advisory body in the Department of Premier & Cabinet, Equality Branch—and the Human Rights Law Centre board, and a volunteer lawyer in HRLC’s Expungement Legal Service.

From 2000 to 2009 I was a Member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, playing a leading role in 2006’s successful Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities campaign, a major Bracks Government achievement

Dear ALP members,

Early in March, you and 13,000 other ALP members across the State, will receive a ballot paper in the mail and for the first time have the opportunity to vote directly for 43 of Victoria’s 86 delegates to this year’s ALP National Conference.

I write to seek your support for my candidature in that election. I have been to National Conference previously. As an independent/unaligned delegate I was not bound by a faction, I consulted widely with Party members on the key policy and reform issues prior to the conference, I successfully sought reforms which empowered Party members and I reported back after the Conference.

Between 200 and 300 primary votes will be required to be elected – a challenging total.

At the 2015 National Conference Party members gained the long sought right to a direct vote for half of Victoria’s delegates. This was because of the reform proposal that I and the four other independent/non-aligned delegates from across Australia placed before that Conference and used our balance of power to secure.

Previously when all of Victoria’s 86 National Conference delegates were elected by the delegates to our State Conference all but a very small handful of delegates were union officials, state or federal parliamentarians or political staffers. In 2015 all but 2 Victorian delegates were tied by one of the major factions.

The new rule requires each State to have at least as many delegates directly elected by financial members as there are Federal electorates and to include delegates from outside the metropolitan area.

In Victoria, under the new rules, the remaining 43 of the 86 National Conference delegates will be elected by the 300 Union appointed delegates to our State Conference.

Members of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party have the right to attend and have the same the National Conference participation rights as delegates, other than voting.

With all Party members voting directly it should be possible to achieve a broader, freer and more membership responsive set of Victorian National Conference delegates than in past years. But it is a challenging task for me and the other independent/non-aligned rank and file candidates competing against factional machines in a state-wide ballot. As well as myself (Eric Dearricott) independent-nonaligned candidates Linda Condon, Jamie Gardiner, Pauline Brown as well as Jamie Button, Kath Cozens and Joel Kennedy from Open Labor will be standing with the goal of giving rank and file Party members genuine representation at National Conference. I, and they, need your support.

If elected we intend to continue to pursue reforms not adopted by the 2015 Conference: direct party member participation with at least 50% weighting in pre-selecting Senate candidates; increasing the weighting for local party members in Victorian pre-selections from 50% to 70% and curtailing central intervention in pre-selections. I will also propose that the directly elected National President and Vice Presidents be granted voting rights on the National Executive and that the rulings of the National Disputes Tribunal be binding on the Party.

Although preparation of National Policy proposals, under the auspices of the National Policy Forum, is already well advanced, delegates on the floor can nevertheless make a significant difference by moving and supporting amendments. I will support progressive policies such as strengthening measures to combat climate change, wage justice, equity in education, improving housing affordability, the agenda of Labor for Refugees, a reduction in tertiary education student fees, a human rights charter and implementation of the Uluru statement.

Just prior to the 2015 National Conference we arranged an open meeting for members of local Branches to provide input on the key issues to be debated at that Conference – should we be successful in this ballot we would seek to do the same again.

I hope you will support me and our independent/non-aligned candidates.

Eric Dearricott (0419 357 192)
Secretary Victorian Labor Independents and Admin Committee member