NSW Labor is struggling internally with its promise to deliver greater democracy through rank-and-file preselections before the federal election.
Nanjing Night Net

Factions within the party have been involved in a tug of war over who will represent Labor in the seats of Werriwa and Throsby.

The general secretary of the NSW Labor Party, Sam Dastyari, right, last year told all federal MPs including John Murphy (Reid), Stephen Jones (Throsby), Chris Hayes (Fowler), Ed Husic (Chifley), Michelle Rowland (Greenway) and Laurie Ferguson (Werriwa) that they would be expected to win the support of their branch members. The six were parachuted into the seats for the last election.

Mr Ferguson, who was imposed by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, would most probably win a rank-and-file preselection in the seat of Werriwa, but some members aligned with the United Voice union and the so-called ”hard left” faction, linked with the federal minister Anthony Albanese, are said to be supporting the grassroots campaigner Damian Ogden.

The Herald understands Mr Ogden, the NSW Labor deputy general secretary, John Graham, and the union representative Mark Boyd met Mr Dastyari before Friday’s administrative committee meeting to discuss Mr Ogden’s position.

It is understood that the possibility of intervention was discussed, but dismissed.

Mr Dastyari, who has staked his reputation on delivering greater democracy within the party, has said he will not go back on his promise of running rank-and-file preselections.

Mr Ferguson said he was confident members of the ALP Right faction would vote for him and that he had the numbers to win preselection.

However, Mr Ogden denied the claim. ”For two years I have been saying Werriwa is a marginal seat and I was the best one to contest it,” he said.

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