Ferguson Left

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Ferguson Left (Soft Left)
Founder Martin Ferguson
Youth wing Active within Australian Young Labor
Ideology Social democracy
Colours      Red

The Ferguson Left (also known as the "Soft Left" in New South Wales) is a political sub-faction within the Australian Labor Party founded by Martin Ferguson.[1] [2]

In New South Wales, the Soft Left was the dominant group on the Steering Committee (previous name for the New South Wales Socialist Left) until March 1989, when the Soft Left's Jan Burnswoods was defeated by the Hard Left's Anthony Albanese in an internal faction ballot for the leading position of Assistant General Secretary of the New South Wales Labor Party.[3] The new Hard Left majority changed the name of the faction to the Socialist Left in November 1989.[4] The large Australian trade union, United Voice supported the Ferguson Left until 2010.[5] The Ferguson Left continues to be a sub-faction in the New South Wales Socialist Left led by Martin Ferguson's older brother Laurie Ferguson.[6]

In Victoria, the Ferguson Left was an independent left faction led by Martin Ferguson.[7] Following the retirement of Martin Ferguson, the Ferguson Left reunited with the Victorian Socialist Left in 2014-15.[8]

The Ferguson Left reunited at the New South Wales, Victorian and national levels with the Socialist Left.[9]

Past federal members included Martin Ferguson, Laurie Ferguson, and Alan Griffin.[10]

At the 2015 Australian Labor Party National Conference former Ferguson Left powerbroker Martin Ferguson was roundly condemned by the labour movement and a motion was carried condemning him[11] for comments he'd made that they believe had damaged the party[12] since retiring from parliament.

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