The Victorian Socialist Left faction is planning a secret slush fund which would be used to finance ALP election activity, branch-stacking, interference in union elections and other irregularities.
In addition, the once dominant Victorian Socialist Left faction of the Labor Party faces an existential crisis, according to its own faction. The grouping – known for often searing Maoist style self-criticism – has directed its executive to report on how it might become an “effective organisation”.
The secret document obtained by VEXNEWS was prepared by SL faction secretary, government adviser and lawyer Andrew Giles scandalously canvasses the prospect of raising funds for branch-stacking (an offence under Party rules) when it declares:
“That recognising many activities important to advancing the faction’s interests require funds, the SLX is to consider options in this regard in order to provide a source of funds for the effective running of the faction.”
Concerned observers fear the SL slush fund would be used for faction mail-outs, bribes, payoffs, union election campaign expenses, party membership fees for branch-stacking and nefarious purposes that are jokingly said by factional rivals to include subsidising the souvlaki consumption of feared factional tough Lee Tarlamis.
It is anticipated the fund would be the subject of complaints to the Australian Electoral Commission and other regulators concerned with money laundering.
Keen observers will note the newsletter is being sent to an old address of former supposedly independent state MP Susan Davies of Wonthaggi.