It’s not the most exciting document and the ever-efficient Rick Wallace at The Australian had it days ago, but we’ve obtained a copy of an unsigned final draft of the agreement between Labor Unity’s leaders and their opponents in the Victorian Socialist Left.
We’ve commented on it enough probably the most important point is its protections for sitting MPs who have served less than four terms or are on the front-bench.
It’s not a deal full of vengeance or unpleasantness. The most contentious aspects of it are not so much in the document itself but the fact that it was negotiated without consultation between warring parts of the Right. It was a response to a situation without precedent in the Labor Unity group, where two of its largest unions were seen to be acting in concert to exclude many of the group’s most senior figures from decision-making.
We get the distinct impression that there is a strong mood for reconciliation and stability after an initial burst of enthusiasm from those excluded by the deal to attempt to unravel it by pursuing deals with shadowy Socialist Left union militants.
Anyway, here’s the document. Enjoy