Some will interpret this as meaning he didnâ€™t want to work with fractional rival Julia Gillard but it seems that isnâ€™t the case.
We missed the Victorian ALP State Conference on the weekend but a number of people had regarded Lindsay Tannerâ€™s speech as a â€œvaledictory.â€ Indeed feared Melbourne FEA numbers man and popular past Lord Mayoral candidate Ray Collins had said as much to VEXNEWS on Saturday night and we felt that to be an extremely unlikely event. It is said that Nostradamus Collinsâ€™ footy tips are also as prescient and that he makes them available to grateful tippers for $5 a round.
Word around the traps is that Left faction secretary, lawyer and state ministerial chief of staff Andrew Giles â€“ recently dubbed man of peace by VEXNEWS after recently committing unprecedented acts of factional peace-making â€“ will be the likely Labor candidate going up against the self-important poseur Adam Bandt who was apparently high-fiving comrades at the slum that is the Greens HQ in Melbourneâ€™s CBD. It might well be a case of premature celebration, Giles has his faults â€“ many of which we have happily chronicled â€“ but heâ€™ll make a fine candidate for the inner-city seat. Latte runs through his veins.
Sources close to Giles insist that he wants the “best candidate” to fend off the Greens party and will make way for anyone else he thinks could poll better.
There is talk that Lindsay Tanner wanted former Wesley College music prefect and social commentator Waleed Aly to replace him. While a strong candidate in some respects, it seems unlikely heâ€™d be favoured over Giles.
Some will be keen on a woman running, thinking this could give them an advantage over the Greensâ€™ latest male candidate, although no-one obvious has emerged in discussions, with Labor insiders saying a woman is already running for the seat and all others in the form of Julia Gillard.
We certainly live in interesting times.