Australian Labor Party National Executive
Twenty members of the National Executive are elected by the party's National Conference, which is the highest representative body of the party's state and territory branches. The most recent National Conference was the 47th conference held from 24 to 26 July 2015. Members on the Executive may be officials of trade unions affiliated to the party or members of federal or state Parliaments. Other members of the National Executive are the National President, the National Secretary and two National Vice-Presidents (who are directly elected by Labor members), and the Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party are ex-officio members of the Executive, but only the party Leader has a vote.
The National Executive is concerned mainly with organisational matters. It does not decide party policy, which is determined by the National Conference. The National Executive does not elect the party's parliamentary leaders, which is done by a ballot of both the Parliamentary Caucus and by the Labor Party's rank-and-file members. The National President or Vice-President are elected by party members. Its most public role is to act as the final arbiter of disputes about parliamentary candidacies (preselections). On these matters the National Executive usually votes on factional lines. The Labor Right faction holds a majority on the National Executive, though it did not hold a majority at the 2015 National Conference.
The power of the National Executive extends to the reorganisation of a State Branch. For example, in 1970 to improve the party's chances of electoral success, the National Executive intervened in the Socialist Left controlled Victorian Branch, involving the sacking of State officers and dissolution of the Branch. Less drastic forms of intervention are more common, such as the final arbiter of preselection disputes. The executive has authority over policy as it can interpret the party’s constitution, platform and conference decisions.
Members of the National Executive
The current members of the National Executive are:
|Member type||Member name||Position / title||Faction||State/territory||Voting member|
|Ex-officio members||Mark Butler||National President||Socialist Left||South Australia||No|
|George Wright||National Secretary||unaligned||n/a||No|
|Tim Hammond||Senior Vice-President||Labor Right||Western Australia||No|
|Jane Garrett, MLA||Junior Vice-President||Socialist Left||Victoria||No|
|Bill Shorten, MP||Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party||Labor Right||Victoria||Yes|
|Edward McDougall||National President, Young Labor||Labor Right||New South Wales||No|
|Elected members||Anthony Albanese, MP||n/a||Socialist Left||New South Wales||Yes|
|Tim Ayres||New South Wales branch Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union||Socialist Left||New South Wales||Yes|
|Chris Brown||National Secretary of the Health Services Union||Socialist Left||Tasmania||Yes|
|Senator Kim Carr||n/a||Socialist Left||Victoria||Yes|
|Russ Collison||New South Wales branch Secretary of the Australian Workers Union||Labor Right||New South Wales||Yes|
|Senator Stephen Conroy||n/a||Labor Right||Victoria||Yes|
|Gerard Dwyer||National Secretary of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association||Labor Right||New South Wales||Yes|
|Nadine Flood||National Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union||Socialist Left||New South Wales||Yes|
|David Gray||Labor Left||South Australia||Yes|
|Tim Kennedy||National Secretary of the National Union of Workers||Labor Right||Victoria||Yes|
|Senator Sue Lines||n/a||Socialist Left||Western Australia||Yes|
|Peter Malinauskas, MLC||n/a||Labor Right||South Australia||Yes|
|Senator Claire Moore||n/a||Labor Left||Queensland||Yes|
|Tara Moriarty||New South Wales branch Secretary of the Liquor and Hospitality Division, United Voice||Labor Right||New South Wales||Yes|
|Charis Mullen||n/a||Labor Right||Queensland||Yes|
|Kaila Murnain||State Secretary of the Australian Labor Party (New South Wales Branch)||Labor Right||New South Wales||Yes|
|Michael Ravbar||National Vice President of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union||Socialist Left||Queensland||Yes|
|Michelle Roberts, MLA||n/a||Labor Right||Western Australia||Yes|
|Shannon Threlfall-Clarke||Vice President of the Australian Workers Union, Victorian Branch||Labor Right||Victoria||Yes|
|Linda White||Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Services Union||Socialist Left||Victoria||Yes|
|Anna Bligh||2010 – 1 July 2011|
|Jenny McAllister||1 July 2011 – 17 June 2015|
|Mark Butler||17 June 2015 – date|
|Karl Bitar||2008 – 16 March 2011|
|George Wright||19 April 2011 – date|
- Cyril Wyndam was the first full time Secretary. Prior to 1963 the position was not full time
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