Australian Labor Party National Executive

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The Australian Labor Party National Executive is the appointed and elected internal body of the Australian Labor Party, one of the major political parties in Australia. The National Executive is elected by the party's National Conference, held every three years, and is the highest representative body of the party's state and territory branches. The most recent National Conference was held in December 2011.

National Executive is composed of the National President and National Vice Presidents (who are directly elected by Labor members), the Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party and 20 members elected by National Conference.[1] The National President and the federal Parliamentary Leader are automatically members. The party's National Secretary, the two Vice-Presidents and the state and territory secretaries are non-voting members. Many of its members are officials of trade unions which are affiliated to the party. Some are members of federal or state Parliaments.

The National Executive concerns itself 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. It does not elect the National President or Vice-President, which is done 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.

Members of the National Executive[edit]

The current members of the National Executive are:[1]

Member type Member name Position / title Faction State/territory Voting member
Ex-officio members Jenny McAllister National President Socialist Left[2] New South Wales No
George Wright National Secretary unaligned[3] n/a No
Tim Hammond Senior Vice-President Labor Right New South Wales No
Jane Garrett, MLA Junior Vice-President Socialist Left[4] Victoria No
Bill Shorten, MP Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party Labor Right[5] Victoria Yes
Edward McDougall National President, Young Labor Labor Right[6] New South Wales No
Elected members Anthony Albanese, MP n/a Socialist Left[7] New South Wales Yes
Tim Ayres New South Wales branch Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union Socialist Left[8] New South Wales Yes
Julie Bignell Queensland branch Secretary of the Australian Services Union Socialist Left[9] Queensland Yes
Senator Carol Brown n/a Socialist Left[10] Tasmania Yes
Mark Butler, MP n/a Socialist Left[11] South Australia Yes
Senator Kim Carr n/a Socialist Left[12] Victoria Yes
Russ Collison New South Wales branch Secretary of the Australian Workers Union Labor Right[13] New South Wales Yes
Senator Stephen Conroy n/a Labor Right[14] Victoria Yes
Jamie Clements Secretary of NSW Branch of the Australian Labor Party Labor Right[15] New South Wales Yes
Joe de Bruyn Vice-President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions Labor Right[16] Victoria Yes
Charlie Donnelly National Secretary of the National Union of Workers Labor Right[17] Victoria Yes
Senator Don Farrell n/a Labor Right[10] South Australia Yes
Natalie Hutchins, MLA n/a Labor Right[18] Victoria Yes
Jennifer Howard Labor Right Queensland Yes
Senator Sue Lines n/a Socialist Left[19] Western Australia Yes
Tara Moriarty New South Wales branch Secretary of United Voice Labor Right[20] New South Wales Yes
Michael Ravbar National Vice President of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union Socialist Left[21] Queensland Yes
Michelle Roberts, MLA n/a Labor Right[22] Western Australia Yes
Ben Swan Queensland branch Secretary of the Australian Workers Union Labor Right[23] Queensland Yes
Linda White Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Services Union Socialist Left[24] Victoria Yes


  1. ^ a b Australian Labor Party National Executive
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