ALP activist and staffer Conrad French, who achieved federal election campaign legend status by Speedo-streaking through the Knox City shopping centre in a cold winterâ€™s day, unaided by sock, is set to be elected to the Victorian ALPâ€™s highest-ranking preselection panel, the all-powerful Public Office Selection Committee.
Only one hundred of the Victorian ALPâ€™s elite, including politicians, union secretaries, warlords, hacks and number-crunchers are on the high-ranking body which has at least a 50% input into every preselection contest and pre-selects all Senate candidates.
French is aligned to Labor Senator David Feeney and his Health Services Union powerbase, now centrally run by highly regarded Sydney-based unionist Mike Williamson, a former national President of the ALP and leading light within the NSW Right. Party insiders explain that Conrad had pulled sufficient support in the ballot which closed yesterday in order to get elected to the POSC:
â€Conrad definitely has a quota (of votes) to get elected, heâ€™s a more serious player than heâ€™s been given credit for. He shouldnâ€™t be blamed for casting decisions made above his pay-grade. Itâ€™s not really fair.â€
Voting in their internal elections closed yesterday but VEXNEWS has been told the count will be delayed until after the federal election as all the partyâ€™s resources are absorbed in that but Frenchâ€™s own election is assured, VEXNEWS understands.